Blue Jackets Forwards Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin Are Among the League's Best, According to NHL Network

By Sam Blazer on August 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Cam Atkinson tries to push Artemi Panarin off of the puck as he gains the offensive zone.
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Being the best at your craft requires hard work. Just ask Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin, who, in addition to their hard work, are also high-octane scorers.

The two were just recently named top-20 wingers by NHL Network. It isn't immediately known who voted on the lists, however, the group put Atkinson at No. 16 between David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins) and Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes). They have listed Panarin at No. 9 between Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames). 

That's impressive company to keep. Atkinson set career-highs in both goals (35) and points (62) last season. Panarin didn't match his rookie season scoring output, but he still was near the top of the league's leaderboards in both total scoring and goals.

Scoring goals shouldn't be a problem with these two in the fold for the Blue Jackets, who open training camp on September 14 with on-ice practices starting on September 15.