If you don’t know who Nik Antropov is, he was the giant forward with a tinted visor who you couldn’t knock off the puck from EA Sports NHL 2001-10. Basic math will show that Nik Antropov averaged 10.8 points in 5 games for Kazakhstan as a 17 year old years ago. You didn’t read that incorrectly, Antropov put up almost 11 points A GAME in a tournament featuring teams from Israel, Bulgaria, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Iceland and The Netherlands. How did he do this? Probably like this.
23 goals, 31 assists, good grief. I was a big Antropov guy back in his days with the Rangers. Antropov was a pure power forward and a pretty formidable player in the NHL. Having said that, I never ever would’ve thought he was that good as a 17 year old. Granted, he wasn’t playing against the most rugged competition but that is still absurd. In WJC play he put up 14 points in 13 games for a Kazakhstan team that really had no shot. Also, had no idea where Kazakhstan was until a couple of days ago. I was convinced it was in the Middle East and was wrong. New New Years Resolution, become more familiar with the world.