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Panarin in starring role for Russia at World Championship

by Leah Pascarella / Chicago Blackhawks
Artemi Panarin skates with team Russia at the 2015 World Championships. (Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin has had quite a successful year. From helping SKA St. Petersburg claim the Gagarin Cup to making his first World Championship appearance for Russia, he’s playing better hockey than ever before.

Panarin ranked fourth in the Kontinental Hockey League this season with a team-high 62 points, scoring 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with SKA.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed the 23-year-old winger on May 1 and are excited to add Panarin to their lineup. Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman called his offensive skills "electrifying" and thinks Panarin will make an easy transition to Chicago.

“I think when you have a skill set like he does with his ability to shoot the puck, make plays in traffic and have a great release in his shot, those things translate to whatever league you are in,” Bowman said.

“He loves to score goals, and he’s at that age where he’s played several years in the KHL and he’s looking for the next challenge.”

Panarin is currently playing a key role on Russia’s most productive line at the IIHF World Championship, scoring two goals and adding four assists in the tournament so far. Click here to read more about Panarin’s path to the KHL, his impressive season and hopes for his career in the NHL.

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