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Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born 13 December 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently serving as an alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, he 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. Tarasenko was selected in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Blues, joining the team for the 2012–13 season. Since then, he has been one of St. Louis' leading scorers and has played in three NHL All-Star Games. Tarasenko won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues.

Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Tarasenko 2017-10-04.jpg
Tarasenko with the Blues in 2017
Born (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 27)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 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 2010–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

RussiaEdit

 
Tarasenko in 2011

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.[1][2] 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.[3] Tarasenko returned to Sibir in 2009–10 as the seventh-youngest player in the League.[3] He again represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, finishing third in team scoring with five points in six games.[4]

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.[5] Described by scouts as strong and mobile with no glaring weaknesses, Tarasenko had expressed interest in playing in the NHL,[3] though his father, also his coach with Sibir, believed it was important that his son remain in Russia.[2] 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.[6]

On 13 January 2012, Tarasenko was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in exchange for Vyacheslav Solodukhin.[7] On 2 June 2012, Tarasenko announced that he would be moving to North America to play in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues rather than staying and playing in the KHL.[8] 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.[9]

St. Louis BluesEdit

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 19 January 2013, against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–0 blowout. On 4 February, Tarasenko was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for January after scoring five goals and four assists (nine points).[10] He ultimately finished his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games.

On 19 March 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.[11]

On 28 October 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.[12] 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 18 April 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 the Wild in six games.[13] On 7 July 2015, during the subsequent off-season, Tarasenko, as a restricted free agent, signed an eight-year, $60 million contract with St. Louis at an annual average value of $7.5 million.[14]

On 12 June 2019, Tarasenko won the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals with the Blues, St. Louis' first Stanley Cup in their 52-year franchise history.

International playEdit

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 Russian national team for the 2014 Winter Olympics held in his native Russia, at the Sochi Olympics.

Personal lifeEdit

Tarasenko's father, Andrei, is a former Russian league scoring champion and Olympian who competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    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
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 37 36 73 31 6 6 1 7 0
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 40 34 74 37 20 9 6 15 2
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 39 36 75 12 11 3 3 6 0
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 33 33 66 17
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 33 35 68 22 26 11 6 17 4
KHL totals 207 66 65 131 51 18 10 6 16 6
NHL totals 497 211 207 418 145 70 33 16 49 6

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Representing   Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
  2011 United States
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2009 United States
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC18   8 8 7 15 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 4 1 5 2
2011 Russia WJC   7 4 7 11 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 6 1 0 1 0
2014 Russia Oly 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2015 Russia WC   9 4 3 7 2
Junior totals 20 16 15 31 8
Senior totals 20 5 4 9 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
NHL
Rookie of the Month for the Month (January)[15] 2013
All-Star Game 2015, 2016, 2017
Second All-Star Team 2015, 2016
Stanley Cup (St. Louis Blues) 2019 [16]
International
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[17] 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vladimir Tarasenko player profile". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "2010 prospects: Vladimir Tarasenko". Hockey's Future. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Kimelman, Adam (18 December 2009). "Tarasenko has shown he belongs among world's best". National Hockey League. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  4. ^ "2010 U20 World Championship – Player statistics by team – Russia" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  5. ^ "International Scouting Services: Hall remains top draft pick". The Sports Network. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.[dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftsearch.htm?year=2010&round=1
  7. ^ SKA St. Petersburg (13 January 2012). Тарасенко – в СКА! (in Russian). HC-SKA.ru. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  8. ^ Blues, Tarasenko Agree to Entry Level Deal
  9. ^ RIA Novosti (24 February 2012). "Kovalchuk Played Role in Return to SKA – Tarasenko". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Tarasenko Named Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Blues forward Tarasenko to have hand surgery". NHL.com.
  12. ^ "Tarasenko Named No. 1 Star of the Week". 3 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Postgame Recap: Wild vs Blues – Game 2". 18 April 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  14. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy P. (7 July 2015). "Tarasenko agrees to eight-year, $60 million contract". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Tarasenko Named Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. 4 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  17. ^ Hockey Awards and Achievements Retrieved 7 August 2011.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jaden Schwartz
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Jordan Schmaltz
Preceded by
Jonathan Toews
EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete
NHL 17
Succeeded by
Connor McDavid