Is Artemi Panarin second best player in the NHL ?

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  1. sdf Registered User

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    He better not do this to a kicking maniac, or he'll send his ass to the moon :laugh:
     
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    Very easy no for me.
     
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    2nd best offensive player he has a strong case for, but depending on who you ask, "best player" can mean different things so some people are gonna want a high offensive output center who is defensively responsible and brings a bunch of tools to the table as well rather than a winger who isn't known for his defensive prowess
     
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    No, but he’s the best winger in the league.
     
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    Simply No.


    Matthews is.
     
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    Im wondering, is this a bit wrong in terms of language? Because i was really expecting a few likes, seriously this is gold, kicking maniac :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    No way but he’s a top player. Arguably a top 3 winger maybe.
     
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    Draisaitl has him beat in basically every facet.

    Stop being a homer.

    Panarin however is in the running for 3rd best currently.
     
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    Lets take a step back here. Undrafted small guy from Russia who didn't come over until he was 23 yo is in a conversation for being the best winger in the NHL, a top-5 player, etc. It's an incredible achievement.
     
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    I say hes not even better than Marchand if looking at overall player and impact he brings to the team , there are many better than him imo
     
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    Just to add on this, while it's true that he's not exactly good defensively, I wouldn't say he's bad either. Average in that regard to me. And that's a big difference compared to some of the top offensive contributors who generally are below average in that regard (high risk/high reward playstyle).
     
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    Second best player is wayyy too subjective - so many other incredible players that people can make really strong arguments for when you open it to all positions.

    Best winger or not is more of an arguable question. Hard to say how he might play with another top linemate. Very hard to compare to guys like Drai, Marchand etc because of that. Maybe he’d score even more in their positions or maybe he thrives being the guy on his line.

    Either way, he’s a great player and top winger right now.
     
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    Other teams have wings, also. Watch a game or two.
     
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    Why are you so rude? Every comment you make is abrasive.
     
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    Has a near superhero power in its limb, tho
     
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    I wouldn't put him at No. 2, but man, I don't know how people can scoff at placing him top 3-5. Stats are skewed due to COVID, but he was gliding towards 110-115 pts last year and is on pace for 120 this year if they played 82. He's incredibly consistent. Last two seasons, who else besides McD and Drai have put up as many points per game? Not many.

    I think Panarin is at least in the top 5 and if he continues what he's doing, he will be solidly Top 3. Yes, even ahead of Kucherov. Panarin's linemates have been Ryan Strome, Jesper Fast, Kaapo Kakko and Colin freaking Blackwell, FFS. The numbers he's putting up are incredible, all things considered.

    Obv, if you want to look back more than just this season and last, different story. It really depends on how much body of work you need to make definitive statements about who ranks where. I just think Panarin's getting to the point where he's forcing himself into this conversation in a real way.
     
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    That's a no from me, and it's not particularly close
     
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    His playoff performances have been consistently disappointing.
     
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    He's definitely pretty close, though. Even if you don't want to say 2nd best, he's definitely in the top 5.
     
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    They’re certainly not to the Panarin regular season standard but 28 points in 30 playoff games so far isn’t bad either. He hasn’t had a ton of post season time. As the Rangers emerge from this rebuild he’ll get more chances and see if he can prove himself there.
     
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    His numbers look better than his performance. Games 4-6 against the Capitals he was Washington's best player.
     
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    could be my dislike to the Rangers talking but there are 15-20 guys I'd take over him
     
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    Its your dislike for the Rangers which clouds your judgment. Take off your rangers hatred glasses
     
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    You're not the boss of me!! LMAO!
    I'm just tired of seeing him torch my Devils
     
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    It most definitely is your dislike, lol
     

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