Sergei Anshakov was raised in Moscow and first started his hockey career with Vyimpel Hockey School in Moscow under the tutelage of Alexei Yarushkin. During the two of the three years he spent with the team, Alexander was the captain of the team. He then left to join the Dynamo Moscow system under Boris Golts – a very strict youth coach. After several years with Dynamo Moscow, Anshakov agreed to transfer to HC CSKA Moscow. This was a wise move for him since the team intended him to play in the main lineup in the Upper League, which is levels above the 1st League where Dynamo-2 competed. Anshakov’s prospects of making Dynamo Moscow in the 2001-02 season were very small. Another factor that weighed the decision was that HC CSKA is coached by one of the best coaches in the Soviet Union’s history, Viktor Tikhonov. Anshakov has prospered with HC CSKA. Playing on the team’s second line, he logs about 15-20 minutes on the ice during each game. Thirty-three games into the season, Anshakov is one of the team’s top snipers with 14 goals and 9 assists. Anshakov has also become a serious contributor on the Russian National Team ’84, though he performance at the 2002 U18 WJC in Slovakia can be considered sub par.
The Los Angeles Kings used their second round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft to select Sergei Anshakov 50th overall.
Traded to Pittsburgh with Strbak for Marty Straka in November 2003.
Anshakov has a great drive for the net and makes most of his scoring chances. One of his most admirable qualities is that he does not give up on a play until the game is stopped or his team scores. He is a powerful skater with large strides. Anshakov is also an excellent stick handler with above average puck handing ability. He has a very good shot –- well aimed with good power. Anshakov's issues with discipline off the ice could cause him problems with development and competition at a higher level of hockey. Anshakov needs to develop more physically to fulfill his potential. His vision of the ice has also been spotty. He tends to look down often when he has the puck, sometimes missing great opportunities to pass off the puck to a linemate already in position for the kill. At the 2002 U18 WJC, he also wasn't able to connect and finish on some great passes made to him by his linemate, Washington Capitals prospect Alexander Semin.
Anshakov does appear to have the ability to listen to the team’s ultimate authority – the coach. A definite indicator of this is that he actually stayed and prospered with HC CSKA, a team coached by a Soviet hockey legend Viktor Tikhonov. This is quite an achievement as Tikhonov is famous for getting underneath the skin of many players. Anshakov has developed very well over the past two years. It is safe to say that he one of the most improved prospects from the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. However, his rise into the spotlight did not come overnight – he has simply been hidden away in the depths of Dynamo Moscow’s farm system.
Anshakov's team, HC CSKA Moscow, has ascended into the Super League, which will give him a chance to compete at a higher level of hockey. It remains to be seen if Anshakov's vision of the ice will improve with experience. He also needs to find the hunger and improve his discipline and dedication to the game if he wants to compete in the NHL. Also, if he continues to ignore his linemates and keep his head down, in some game he may run into a wall and suffer the consequences. He will remain with the team for the upcoming season.