The Tsar Report - 11/6/12
Never mind the bollocks, here's your new Tsar Report!
Sorry about the many delays on this - like many folks, my life's been crazy the last few weeks, and it really didn't help that after moving, my old internet provider (they rhyme with Hay Cee and Cee Shoe Worst) couldn't figure out how to hook my service up for almost two weeks. On the plus side, I have a new internet provider, and they set me up nicely!
Rather than try to get the scores for almost two weeks worth of games, we're going to touch base with the boys as they stand, checking in on their season stats to date, and we'll try to pick up the game by game stats after this weekend's contests.
Even though it seemed like AA was off to a slow start, the stats suggest he's actually doing quite well with Lokomotiv. In 18 games, Anisimov has two goals, eight assists, 6 PIMs, 48 shots on goal, and he's winning 52% of his faceoff draws. His unusually low shooting percentage makes me think that he could get on a hot streak soon, if he keeps getting good looks at the net.
9 starts, 7 wins. That's your money quote as far as Bob's time in St. Petersburg goes. With 2.58 GAA and 92.2 save percentage, Bob isn't exactly setting the world on fire with his stats, but he's finding ways to keep his club in the game and giving them a chance to win every night. What more can a club ask of their netminder? (And, hey, let's not forget the fact that he's put a couple of assists on the books, too.)
Niki6 went back where he began, skating with boys in Omsk, and it's been a fantastic move for the blueliner. In 15 games, he's got a (game winning!) goal, three assists, and a +8 rating while averaging 21 minutes a game - very comparable stats to the way he finished the season for the Jackets. All things considered, it looks like he's going to be firing on all cylinders when it's time for him to return to Columbus.
Technically, Ceske Budejovice is part of the Czech Extraliga, not the KHL, but he's still playing in Europe. Appearing in two games so far, Vinny has a pair of assists for his hometown club.
All things considered, each of the Jackets playing in Europe is playing quite well, and there's every reason to think that they'll be as prepared to contribute as the kids sharpening their teeth down on the farm in Springfield.
Thanks for stopping by here at The Cannon, and Uvidimsya!