Artem Anisimov Out 3-4 Weeks

The Blackhawks have less than four weeks left in the regular season; they close out the 2016-17 regular season on April 8 at Los Angeles.

Anisimov has 22 goals and 23 assists in 64 games this season, setting a career high with 45 points. He has won 45.1 percent of his faceoffs, which while not a great number does leave a gaping hole at center for Chicago. Anisimov has taken 922 draws this season, which ranks second on the Blackhawks behind Jonathan Toews (1,279). Third on the Hawks: Marcus Kruger, who has taken only 557 and missed 12 games earlier this year.

23 thoughts on “Artem Anisimov Out 3-4 Weeks

  1. Arty went from being “ok” to now out 3-4 weeks. Honestly, the Hawks just need him for the playoffs. His injury will give Schmaltz a chance to center the 2nd line and will give some other youngsters a chance to get valuable reps. Hopefully, this means a good look for Hayden and maybe Motte or Hino will be recalled.

  2. Only 3-4 weeks is some luck. It looked worse to me.

    This should give them a tiny bit of wiggle room as far as cap is concerned, right? Either for another player or against the bonus related cap hits after the season.

  3. We’ll make do. We have more guys who can play center than we have had in as long as I can remember (although we are clearly weak in the dot s0 maybe more ice for Desi who can hold his own). As I posted a few games ago, I think 72-8-88 might be a line next year–it will be an interesting next few weeks.

  4. I posted Arty is ok with Q saying day to day/in terms of meaning not serious. Then when Q said well see in a few days that prob meant week to week but still way better then 10-12 wk/serious. 23 days/10 games is a ltir. This isint a good thing but way better then serious or 6-8wk/4-6wk/or2-4wk, its prob as good as could have been. Interesting thing we have done well before when we have a guy hurt during this section of the 60-80 games.

  5. No sugar coating this one. Artie going down right now is troublesome. That is our one go-to consistent line for 2 years straight. Time for the blender and grease board match ups. Oh well…

  6. Schmaltz is a good fit for the second line. Elite passer, excellent stick handler in tight spaces and good speed and vision. He will be able to hold the fort down until 15 comes back. Work at the dot in spare time will help. Hopefully Desi doesn’t get anywhere near the second line.

  7. With only 13 games remaining in the regular season, putting AA on LTIR will only lessen Cap space used by about $600K – but every little bit helps. The Hawks last regular season game is Saturday, April 8th, which is 25 days from today, so AA can go on LTIR and if he’s ready he can get in 1 or 2 games before the playoffs start.

    If Q finds a lineup that he likes while AA is out – does he reunite AA with 72 & 88 and move Schmaltz back to 1LW and basically move players around throughout the lineup – or does he leave the top-2 lines alone and put AA at 3C for a 3rd line of 38-15-81?

    Should be an interestinf 3-4 weeks. Hang on to your hats boys and girls, this could be exciting … or at least bumpy.

  8. Once again LTIR does not bank you space. No need for LTIR as the hit of Hinostroza (probably the only recall you’d want) for the remainder of the season is 103,638. Hawks have 526,740 in space.

  9. ER, theres Walls quality depth 3rd line and we can always go to want we want at anytime/in game as well. Blessing in disguise.

  10. I agree Ebony, it will be an interesting 13 games. My guess would be that 38 and 81 find some time on the first line. I don’t think anybody other than 19 or 8 have the skill set to center 72/88. Once AA comes back I would expect Schmaltz to move back to lw1. My big concern is the makeup of the 3rd and 4rth line while 15 is out.

  11. The only reason this is ok is because of Schmaltz’s play on that line the last couple of games. He’s looked relatively effective there.

    I know almost nothing about Hayden….could he survive on the top line? Because I wouldn’t mind seeing that 3rd line of hartman hinostroza and hossa again. With maybe kruger and some combination of desi/rasmussen/tootoo/kero on the 4th?

  12. Ganderhawk… imo- Hayden would have made the team this year… if he would have signed last summer…

    Watching WJC-20’s Both Hayden and Hartman… looked like they did nothing Great… but everything well… skated well enough… always in right place… can hit big on the forecheck… always in good position…. I never saw that shot from Hartman at Rockford… But as someone else mentioned… Hayden led the country in shots on goal in NCAA…

    It might be too late in season… to pickup the “system/chemistry” … but the kid is a smart IQ hockey guy… so who knows

  13. Hartman and Hossa with Kero has been pretty effective(?), and Schmaltz fit-in with Kane and Panarin, so maybe Hayden getting a shot with Toews and Panik could happen? Thoughts?

    Kruger and Rasmussen PK and 4th line…

  14. 14-19-81
    72-8-88
    38-67-Hayden
    22-16-11/70

    Provided you can put together an effective top line, dropping Anisimov to 3c may not be terrible.

  15. Let’s temper the expectations for Hayden. I can only think of one college guy recently who stepped in late in the year and made some noise and that was Kreider for the Rangers. Don’t get me wrong, this will be great experience for Hayden and I would love to be proved wrong but I think it is a long shot that he plays much of a role in the playoffs. On a more positive note I think we have much more depth and more options than a year ago and am really impressed with Schmalz. SB trading up for that pick is looking awfully good right now.

  16. I wasn’t considering Hayden (shot at playing with Toews and Panik) beyond Anisimov’s return – just experience in the final 13 games. Q will use combinations that work.

  17. Agree with MS in Hayden. There was a report the other day he was the last one into a scrum and he had to skate a lap as punishment. Not really what you want to hear when that’s one of his calling cards.

    On Schmaltz…something clicked a few games after he returned from Rockford. No points in a couple games for him is all of a sudden noteworthy.

  18. Hopefully Hayden is in the lineup tonight against the Sens so we can move past the speculation phase. Expectations should be tempered but but I’m a wild eyed koolaid drinking fan so I’m thinking he will score a couple and be #1 star tonight. :)

  19. @ EBONYRAPTOR

    I think Hayden will be a fine bottom 6 player, to think of him as anything more then that is probably unfair. I was reading an article about him and besides his size his other positives his ability to get his shot off. He had about 170+ shots with Yale this season which was far and away the most on the team. I even read somewhere he is comparable to glup (Bickell). If he is anything close to 2013 playoffs Bickell the Hawks may have found something there. At the very least he will be a physical presence,

  20. The Hawks have at least 2nd place in the Central pretty much wrapped up, which isn’t a bad place to be. As of right now 1st place would draw St Louis while 2nd would draw Nashville. I think I’d prefer to see the Preds in the first round anyway.

  21. Tab fell asleep during the Ottawa game and so is a little late with his game report.

    Nice to get a win but that was a dreadfully boring game.

    Even our best defenseman felt that way.

    “There wasn’t much of back and forth and it was kind of a weird game. It seemed slow and boring in a lot of ways,” Keith said after the game.

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