Panarin notched two power-play assists in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Devils. After being held scoreless in the Rangers' opener, Panarin has roared back with two goals and four points in the last two games, with three of those points coming on the power play. The 29-year-old is quickly proving that last year's 95 points was no mere blip in an otherwise solid career, and he could well find himself among the league's scoring leaders once again in 2020-21.
Panarin scored twice Saturday in a 5-0 win over the Islanders. The Bread Man has averaged just shy of 30 goals every season over the five that he's been in the NHL. And last year, he upped the ante with 32 in 69 games. Panarin has every opportunity to hit 30 this year, despite an even shorter season. His talent is elite.
Panarin skated on a line with Ryan Strome and Kaapo Kakko on the first day of training camp Monday, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports. Barring injuries, this trio will likely open the regular season together. Panarin and Strome showed chemistry together last season, as did the trio of Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich, who are also projected to skate on a line together once Zibanejad joins the team in camp. Jesper Fast provided a defensive-minded presence on Panarin's line last season, but his offseason departure has opened the door for Kakko -- who was drafted second overall in 2019 -- to climb the depth chart. Like last season, Panarin will be the engine that drives this line, though Kakko's addition gives it an even higher ceiling.
Panarin scored a power-play goal during Monday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. He roofed one over Petr Mrazek midway through the first period on a slick pass through the low slot by Ryan Strome, but it was all the offense the Rangers could muster. With the team on the brink of elimination, Panarin -- who has a goal and an assist through the first two contests -- may need to come up with a huge effort Tuesday night to keep the Blueshirts alive.
Panarin has already set new career highs in goals (32) and assists (63) through the first 69 games of the 2019-20 campaign. It's been an absolutely monstrous season for Panarin, who has also already tied his career high in power-play points (24) while working on New York's top unit. The Rangers have to be happy with their decision to sign the right-handed winger to a huge seven-year, $81.5 contract last offseason, as Panarin is still just 28 years old and should continue to produce at an elite level for most, if not all of his lengthy deal. If the NHL ends up resuming regular-season play, Panarin will undoubtedly eclipse the 100-point threshold for the first time in his career this year.
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