It was the Artemi Panarin show in Newark on Friday night.
After his team fell behind 2-0 on goals from Marcus Johansson and Brian Boyle, Panarin had three primary assists on three second-period goals for Columbus. The prettiest of the three was probably on Scott Harrington’s goal where Panarin finds him as the trailer through a solid backcheck:
He added a fourth assist, on the power play no less, in the third period on Alex Wennberg’s game-winning goal, and his fifth assist on Zach Werenski’s late tally. Five goals for Columbus, five primary assists for Panarin. Truly a night that is hard to top.
Once Panarin’s shooting percentage comes around (he’s under 9 percent right now despite being over 15 percent in his first two years), he’ll be fine as a fantasy asset. Power-play points are still an issue, and that will limit his upside, but getting to 20 goals and 60 points seems reasonable.
For those frustrated Cam Atkinson fantasy owners, maybe grab a big sip of coffee before reading the following tweet: