Columbus Blue Jackets KHL Update: Who’s on Fire, Who’s Fizzling

Artem Anisimov is quickly becoming a standout with Lokomotiv. James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Ah yes, it’s time once again to journey to Russia to see what the four Columbus Blue Jackets players have been up to in the KHL. It’s very cold over there, so bundle up.

The first stop is St. Petersburg, home of SKA and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s racked up a very nice 12-1-1 record in 17 games, and congratulations are due: he can add his first shutout of the season, courtesy of Torpedo on December 7, to his 2.35 goal-against average, 91.8 save percentage and two assists. He’s helped SKA to third place in the KHL’s Western Conference.

Our second destination is Moscow and Atlant, the temporary home of Fyodor Tyutin. The good news is that he finally scored a goal against Dynamo Moscow on November 26. The bad news is that he has a -5 and only one point in 10 games, and Atlant is 12th place in the Conference, two spots from the bottom.

We next head to Yaroslavl, where Artem Anisimov is shining bright for Lokomotiv. He’s had the best season among his Blue Jackets teammates, improving to nine goals and 23 points in 28 games, which includes four game winning goals. He’s done so well that he was named KHL Forward of the Month for November. To make things sweeter, Lokomotiv is second in the Western Conference, with Bobrovsky and SKA nipping at their heels.

Finally, we travel halfway across Russia to Omsk, where Nikita Nikitin is faring well with Avangard. He may only have 2 goals and 11 points in 25 games, but he did score that second goal on December 7 against the notoriously aggressive team Vityaz. Avangard is currently second in the Eastern Conference.

I hope you enjoyed your trip to the Russian Federation. But don’t put your passport away just yet, we have to more of Europe to see.

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