Artemi Panarin

Hometown:

Korkino Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-10-30

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015.

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Artemi Panarin skated in five games for first-year KHL club Vityaz Podolsk as a 17-year-old and played for the Vityaz second team in the Russia High League. He was -3 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes for the KHL club. Panarin scored 29 goals with 39 assists and 70 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games for the Vityaz Podolsk second team and scored 4 goals with 5 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games. 

2009-10: Panarin played 20 KHL games for Vityaz Podolsk and played for Russkie Vityazi Chekhov in the U22 league, the MHL. He scored his first KHL goal and had 8 assists and was +1 with 16 penalty minutes skating for Podolsk. Panarin scored 20 goals with 24 assists in 38 regular season games for Chekhov and was +19 with 55 penalty minutes. He was -4 with 1 goal, 2 assists and no penalty minutes in three MHL playoff games. Panarin was ranked 32nd amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2010 NHL Draft. 

2010-11: Panarin appeared in 40 games for Vityaz Podolsk in his first full KHL season and played for the Russia U20 team. He scored 5 goals with 16 assists and was -5 with 8 penalty minutes for Vityaz, which missed the KHL playoffs for the third straight season. Panarin scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in six games for Russia during the Subway Super Series against the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL all-star teams. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the 2011 World Juniors. Russia captured a gold medal at the tournament in Buffalo, defeating Canada, 5-3, in the championship game. Panarin played 13 games with Russkie Vityaz Chekhov in the MHL, scoring 5 goals with 12 assists and finishing +15 with 22 penalty minutes. 

2011-12: Panarin was an assistant captain and the leading scorer for Vityaz Podolsk before being sent to Ak Bars Kazan in January 2012. He scored 12 goals with 14 assists and was +1 with 49 penalty minutes in 38 games for Vityaz, which finished last in the Tarasov Division. Panarin scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes in 12 regular season games for Ak Bars Kazan. Ak Bars finished third in the Kharlamov Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Panarin had no points nor penalties with an even plus/minus in four playoff games. 

2012-13: Panarin returned to Vityaz Podolsk for his third KHL season before once again being sent to a contending team late in the year — joining SKA St. Petersburg at the end of January. He scored 11 goals with 7 assists and was -9 with 22 penalty minutes in 40 games for Podolsk. Panarin played three regular season games with SKA, recording 1 assist with a +1 plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes. SKA St. Petersburg finished first in the Bobrov Division, reaching the Gagarin Cup semifinals. Panarin scored 2 goals with 7 assists in 14 playoff games and was +9 with no penalties. He signed a contract extension with SKA St. Petersburg in April 2013. 

2013-14: Panarin led St. Petersburg SKA with 20 goals and shared the team scoring lead with long-time NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk in his first season with the club. In 51 regular season games he also had 20 assists and was +21 with 30 penalty minutes. SKA finished first in the Bobrov Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Panarin was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. 

2014-15: Panarin was tied with former Ottawa Senators forward Stephane Da Costa of CSKA Moscow for fourth in scoring in the KHL and won a Gagarin Cup championship in his second season with St. Petersburg SKA.  He scored 26 goals with 36 assists and was +18 with 37 penalty minutes in 54 games and was named to the KHL All-Star Game but did not play in the game. SKA finished first in the Bobrov Division and rolled through the playoffs, defeating Ak Bars Kazan in the Gagarin Cup finals. Panarin scored 5 goals with 15 assists and was +9 with 4 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games.  Skating for Russia in the 2015 World Championship he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in 10 games. Russia won a silver medal, falling 6-1 to Canada in the gold medal game. Panarin signed a two-year entry-level contract with Chicago in April 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Panarin is a slightly undersized, highly-skilled forward who is creative and can consistently create scoring opportunities. One of the top young forwards in the KHL the past two seasons, his combination of skating explosiveness and stick-handling skill makes things tough on opposing defenders.

Future

Panarin was signed as an undrafted free agent in the off-season and is expected to step directly into the lineup for Chicago in 2015-16. One of the top scorers in the KHL last season, his skating ability, technical skills and scoring instinct compare favorably with most young forwards. His size could be an issue in the defensive game and his ability to adapt to the physical game in the smaller North American rinks will determine his success.

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