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Panarin Selected To Play In All-Star Game

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The National Hockey League announced today that Artemi Panarin has been selected to participate in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25 in St. Louis.

Panarin has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career. In addition, he is the first Russian who has been selected to represent the Rangers in the NHL All-Star Game in franchise history. Panarin is also the first Rangers forward who has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game since Rick Nash in 2014-15.

The 5-11, 170-pounder has skated in 38 games with the Rangers this season, registering 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 12 penalty minutes. Panarin ranks eighth in the NHL (and ranks first among players in the Metropolitan Division) in points this season. He is also tied for eighth in the NHL in plus/minus rating, ranks ninth in assists, is tied for ninth in goals, and ranks 14th in takeaways (35) in 2019-20. Panarin is tied for third in the NHL in games with a point (30), is tied for fourth in the league in games with a goal (18), and is tied for fifth in the league in multi-point games (16) this season.

Panarin has registered 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) since Nov. 6, which is tied with Connor McDavid for the most in the NHL over the span. This season, he posted a career-high 12-game point streak from Oct. 24 – Nov. 20 (seventh-longest in the league in 2019-20), a five-game goal streak from Dec. 8 – Dec. 16 (tied for the second-longest in the NHL in 2019-20), and a six-game assist streak from Nov. 6 – Nov. 16 (tied for the sixth-longest in the league this season). Panarin is the first Ranger who has notched at least 50 points in the team’s first 38 games of a season since Jaromir Jagr in 2006-07, and according to NHL Stats and Information, he is also only the fifth player in franchise history who has recorded 50 or more points within his first 38 games as a Ranger (Carey Wilson – 35 games; Wayne Gretzky – 36 games; Mark Messier – 38 games; Marian Gaborik – 38 games).

The Korkino, Russia native has skated in 360 career NHL games over five seasons (2015-16 – 2019-20) with Chicago, Columbus, and the Rangers, registering 137 goals and 234 assists for 371 points, along with a plus-81 rating and 114 penalty minutes. Panarin won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and was selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2015-16, and he was also selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team at Left Wing in 2016-17. Panarin recorded at least 74 points in each of his first four NHL seasons, and he is one of three undrafted players in NHL history who have tallied at least 70 points in each of their first four seasons (Wayne Gretzky and Peter Stastny). 

(NHL.com photo)

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