Blue Jackets: Kekalainen on acquisition of Artemi Panarin
COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Artemi Panarin, a 2016-17 Second Team NHL All-Star and NHL Rookie of the Year in 2015-16, left wing Tyler Motte and a sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for left wing Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Friday.
"Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the NHL two years ago, a second team All-Star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NHL," said Kekalainen. "There is a cost to adding a player like Artemi, as well as a very good NHL prospect in Tyler Motte, but we believe this is a very good move for our team. We wish Brandon and Anton well and thank them for their contributions to our organization."
Panarin, 25, has registered 61 goals and 90 assists for 151 points with 53 penalty minutes and a +26 plus/minus rating, while scoring 17 power play goals and 12 game-winners in 162 career NHL games with Chicago. Last season, he racked up 31-43-74, 21 penalty minutes and was +18 in 82 games and was named a Second Team NHL All-Star earlier this week.
Panarin won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2015-16 after tallying 30-47-77, 32 penalty minutes with a +8 plus/minus rating, eight power play and seven game-winning goals in 80 games. He led all rookies in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and multi-point games (21). He also became the first rookie since Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby to record 10 three-point games in a season.