Star forward Artemi Panarin might not have been picked by an NHL team back in the 2010 NHL Draft, he is still perfectly fine with it.
Why? Well for once, it allowed him to mock many general mangers around the league, thanking them for letting him go undrafted.
“I would like to thank all the (general managers) for not choosing me in the draft,” the New York Rangers star said Tuesday, according to Lohud’s Vincent Z. Mercogliano. “It allowed me to choose the team where I wanted to play, that played my style of hockey, and allowed me to be successful to begin with.”
Panarin put up just eight points in 20 KHL games during his draft year, and was therefore passed over by every team. It is believed some clubs feared that he wouldn’t come to America and remain in the KHL.
The joke was on them however, seeing that Panarin became a star in Russia, totalling 26 goals and 62 points in 56 games and added 20 points in 20 playoff games in 2014-15, the season before he joined the Chicago Blackhawks.
The superstar once again had the opportunity to sign with the team of his choosing when he hit free agency last summer and inked a massive $81.5-million deal with the Rangers.
And he delivered in the Big Apple: putting up 32 goals and 95 points in 69 games and was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award on Tuesday.
“Obviously, when I came, I felt a little bit of pressure,” Panarin added. “That’s normal. But with both the surrounding people that I met in New York, and also the decision to read less press and look at less social media, allowed me to focus on my craft and drop that level of pressure and stress I might have felt.”
Panarin sure finds a way however to get himself trending on social media and today it is thanks to him mocking the GMs! Love it!