December 13, 1991 |
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR,
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)|
|St. Louis Blues
SKA Saint Petersburg
|NHL Draft||16th overall, 2010
St. Louis Blues
Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born December 13, 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by St. Louis, joining the team for the 2012–13 season.
Prior to playing in the NHL, Tarasenko played in the system of Sibir Novosibirsk organization, first playing for the senior team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2008–09. He spent a total of three seasons with Novosibirsk before being traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in 2012.
Internationally, 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. At the senior level, Tarasenko has also played for Russia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship and was a member of the nation's squad for the 2014 Winter Olympics held in his native Russia, in Sochi.
Tarasenko's father, Andrei, was a former Russian league scoring champion and Olympian. Vladimir Tarasenko 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 in the KHL's inaugural season. He was released to play with the Russian 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 silver. Tarasenko returned to Sibir in 2009–10 as the seventh-youngest player in the League. He again represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, finishing third in team scoring with five points in six games.
International Scouting Services (ISS) ranked Tarasenko as the top-ranked European skater, and fourth overall, in its mid-term rankings ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Described by scouts as strong and mobile with no glaring weaknesses, Tarasenko had expressed interest in playing in the NHL, though his father, also his coach with Sibir, believed it was important that his son remained in Russia. Tarasenko was ultimately drafted by St. Louis Blues in the first round, 16th overall, at the 2010 Draft with the pick obtained via a trade from the Ottawa Senators St. Louis had acquired in exchange for David Rundblad.
On June 2, 2012, Tarasenko announced that he would be moving to North America to play in the NHL for the St. Louis rather than staying and playing in the KHL. As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout that cancelled a large part of the NHL regular season, however, Tarasenko instead returned to SKA to begin 2012–13. 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.
St. Louis Blues
Once the lockout ended, Tarasenko began the shortened, 48-game 2012–13 season with the Blues. He scored his first and second career NHL goals on the first two shots of his League debut on January 19, 2013, against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–0 blowout. On February 4, Tarasenko was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for January after scoring five goals and four assists (nine points). He ultimately finished his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games.
On March 19, 2014, towards the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Tarasenko underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury sustained in a 4–1 Blues win over the Nashville Predators. He was expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, but made a quick recovery, returning to play in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs where he scored four goals in the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
On October 28, 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Tarasenko recorded his first career NHL hat-trick against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars and was later named the NHL's First Star of the Week after scoring five goals and one assist during the week. Tarasenko finished the regular season leading the Blues in both goals (37) and points (73), also finishing fifth in the League in goals and ninth in total points.
On April 18, 2015, Tarasenko scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff hat-trick against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of St. Louis' Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup. In the series, he scored six goals and one assist (seven points), though the Blues ultimately fell to Minnesota in six games.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk||MHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk||MHL||3||2||2||4||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|2014–15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||77||37||36||73||31||6||6||1||7||0|
Awards and honours
|IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star||2009|
|NHL Rookie of the Month for the Month of January||2013|
- Kimelman, Adam (December 18, 2009). "Tarasenko has shown he belongs among world's best". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- "Vladimir Tarasenko player profile". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- "2010 prospects: Vladimir Tarasenko". Hockey's Future. January 11, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- "2010 U20 World Championship – Player statistics by team – Russia" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- "International Scouting Services: Hall remains top draft pick". The Sports Network. January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- SKA St. Petersburg (January 13, 2012). Тарасенко – в СКА! (in Russian). HC-SKA.ru. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
- Blues, Tarasenko Agree to Entry Level Deal
- RIA Novosti (February 24, 2012). "Kovalchuk Played Role in Return to SKA – Tarasenko". RIA Novosti. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "Tarasenko Named Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Blues forward Tarasenko to have hand surgery". NHL.com.
- "Tarasenko Named No. 1 Star of the Week". November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
- "Postgame Recap: Wild vs Blues - Game 2". April 18, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
- Rutherford, Jeremy P. (July 7, 2015). "Tarasenko agrees to eight-year, $60 million contract". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- Hockey Awards and Achievements Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- "Tarasenko Named Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. February 4, 2013.
|Awards and achievements|
|St. Louis Blues first round draft pick