The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to be one of the league’s most surprising team. Heading into the final stretch of games in the regular season, they remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, after coming into the season as one of the biggest laughingstocks in all of sports.
There have been no shortage of contributors for the Blue Jackets this season, none bigger than Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes. But he’s not the only first year Jacket helping this club out. Artem Anisimov, acquired in the Rick Nash trade, is doing his part as well.
Anisimov has been held back a bit by injuries, including a concussion earlier this year, but he’s come on with the Blue Jackets, particularly of late. As Columbus continues to defy logic and remain in the playoff race, Anisimov is starting to produce on a consistent basis.
In 33 games with the Blue Jackets this year, Anisimov has 18 points. That’s the highest scoring rate of his career, though it’s by a slim margin. He has 11 goals to seven assists, including three game-winning goals. He’s also winning over 48 percent of his draws, which is the best clip of his career.
Since going five games without a point in the middle of March, Anisimov has points in eight of his last 11 games. That stretch includes a pair of multi-point games and only four regulation losses for Columbus. His consistency has certainly proven beneficial for the rest of this team.
Anisimov isn’t the type of player that the Blue Jackets can try and lean on to produce big points down the stretch and put them in the playoffs, but he’s an important contributor nonetheless. As the team leader in goals, they’ll need him to continue performing at this consistent level as we near the last small stretch of the regular season.