The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Artemi Panarin (ar-TEHM-ee pah-NAHR-ihn) on a two-year contract.
Panarin, 23, shared fourth in the Kontinental Hockey League with a team-high 62 points and ranked fifth with 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with Saint Petersburg (SKA). The Korkino, Russia, native recorded a +18 plus/minus rating and shared fifth in the KHL with seven game-winning goals; he ranked second on the team with 161 shots on goal. Panarin shared third in the league with 20 points (5G, 15A) in as many playoff games en route to the Gagarin Cup Championship with SKA. He was also selected to the 2015 KHL All-Star Game, but did not play.
Panarin has 183 points (76G, 107A) in 263 regular-season KHL games split across seven seasons with SKA (2012-15), Vityaz (2008-12, 2012-13) and Ak Bars (2011-12); he has added 29 points (7G, 22A) in 41 playoff contests with SKA and Ak Bars.