The NHL has announced that Artemi Panarin will be the Rangers representative at the 2020 All-Star game in January.
This is Panarin’s first All-Star appearance.
From the Rangers release:
- In 38 games this season, Panarin has 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 12 penalty minutes.
- Panarin ranks eighth in the NHL (and ranks first among players in the Metropolitan Division) in points this season.
- Panarin is tied for third in the NHL in games with a point (30), is tied for fourth in the league in games with a goal (18), and is tied for fifth in the league in multi-point games (16) this season.
- Panarin has registered 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) since Nov. 6, which is tied with Connor McDavid for the most in the NHL over the span.
- This season, he posted a career-high 12-game point streak from Oct. 24 – Nov. 20 (seventh-longest in the league in 2019-20), a five-game goal streak from Dec. 8 – Dec. 16 (tied for the second-longest in the NHL in 2019-20), and a six-game assist streak from Nov. 6 – Nov. 16 (tied for the sixth-longest in the league this season).
- Panarin is the first Ranger who has notched at least 50 points in the team’s first 38 games of a season since Jaromir Jagr in 2006-07, and according to NHL Stats and Information, he is also only the fifth player in franchise history who has recorded 50 or more points within his first 38 games as a Ranger (Carey Wilson – 35 games; Wayne Gretzky – 36 games; Mark Messier – 38 games; Marian Gaborik – 38 games).
Adam Rotter: This isn’t much of a surprise as Panarin has not only been the Rangers best player this season he has been one of the best players in the NHL. He has more than lived up to the hype that came when he signed and is very deserving of this honor. Mika Zibanejad also deserves the recognition of being an All-Star but with how the rosters are constructed and every team needing a rep, it’s unlikely to happen. Zibanejad should have been the Rangers rep last year instead of Henrik Lundqvist but roster construction didn’t let that happen.