Vladimir Tarasenko

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Vladimir Tarasenko
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Born (1991-12-13) December 13, 1991 (age 22)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Sibir Novosibirsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2010
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present
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Medal record
Competitor for Russia Russia
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2011 USA
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2009 USA

Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born December 13, 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tarasenko has played for the Russian junior team three times, winning a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, sixth place at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and captained Russia to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Tarasenko played in the system of Sibir Novosibirsk and joined their KHL team in 2008. He spent three seasons with the team before being traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in 2012. Tarasenko was drafted 16th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Playing career[edit]

Tarasenko learned from his father, Andrei, who was a former Russian league scoring champion and Olympian.[1] He made his professional debut with Sibir Novosibirsk in 2008–09, scoring seven goals and ten points in 38 games and was the runner up in voting for rookie of the year.[2][3] He was released to play with the junior team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships where he scored eight goals in seven games and was named a tournament all-star as Russia won a silver medal.[1] Tarasenko returned to Sibir in 2009–10 as the seventh youngest player in the KHL.[1] He again represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, finishing third in team scoring with five points in six games.[4] Tarasenko is over 18 years old but still wears a cage because doctors forbid him to play without it due to a previous injury.[5]

International Scouting Services ranked Tarasenko as the top ranked European skater, and fourth overall, in its mid-term rankings for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[6] Described by scouts as strong and mobile with no glaring weaknesses, Tarasenko had expressed interest in playing in the National Hockey League,[1] though his father, also his coach with Sibir, believed it was important that his son remained in Russia.[3]

Tarasenko was drafted by St. Louis Blues 16th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft via a trade on June 25, 2010, that sent the Ottawa Senators' first round draft pick to St. Louis for David Rundblad, selected 17th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Blues.[7]

On January 13, 2012, Tarasenko was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg for Vyacheslav Solodukhin.[8]

On June 2, 2012, Tarasenko announced that he would be coming to North America to play in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues rather than stay and play in the KHL.[9] However as a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout Tarasenko instead returned to SKA. He credited the decision in part to a desire to play with Ilya Kovalchuk, the captain of the team who also joined as a result of the lockout.[10]

Once the lockout ended, Tarasenko started the 2012-13 NHL season with the Blues. He scored his first and second goals on the first two shots of his NHL debut on January 19, 2013, against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–0 blowout. Tarasenko finished his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games. On February 4, 2013, Tarasenko was named NHL Rookie Of The Month, for the month of January after scoring five goals to go with a total of nine points.[11]

On March 19, 2014, Tarasenko underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury sustained in 4-1 Blues win over the Nashville Predators. He is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Sibir-2 Novosibirsk RUS-3 17 6 4 10 2
2008–09 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 38 7 3 10 2
2009–10 Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk MHL 1 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 42 13 11 24 18
2010–11 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 42 9 10 19 8 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk MHL 3 2 2 4 2
2011–12 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 39 18 20 38 15
2011–12 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 15 5 4 9 0 15 10 6 16 6
2012–13 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 31 14 17 31 8
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 8 11 19 10 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 21 22 43 16 6 4 0 4 0
KHL totals 207 66 65 131 51 18 10 6 16 6
NHL totals 102 29 33 62 26 7 4 0 4 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC18 2 7 8 7 15 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 4 1 5 2
2011 Russia WJC 1 7 4 7 11 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 6 1 0 1 0
2014 Russia Oly 5th 5 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 20 16 15 31 8
Senior totals 11 1 1 2 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[13] 2009
NHL Rookie Of The Month For The Month Of January[14] 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kimelman, Adam (2009-12-18). "Tarasenko has shown he belongs among world's best". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Vladimir Tarasenko player profile". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ a b "2010 prospects: Vladimir Tarasenko". Hockey's Future. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ "2010 U20 World Championship – Player statistics by team – Russia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Vladimir Tarasenko Profile". RussianProspect.com. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  6. ^ "International Scouting Services: Hall remains top draft pick". The Sports Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  7. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftsearch.htm?year=2010&round=1
  8. ^ SKA St. Petersburg (2012-01-13). "Тарасенко – в СКА!" (in Russian). HC-SKA.ru. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  9. ^ Blues, Tarasenko Agree to Entry Level Deal
  10. ^ RIA Novosti (2012-02-24). "Kovalchuk Played Role in Return to SKA – Tarasenko". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Blues forward Tarasenko to have hand surgery". NHL.com.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/awards.php?award=U18%20WJC%20All-Star%20Team
  14. ^ http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=653971

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jaden Schwartz
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Jordan Schmaltz