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Name: Vladimir TarasenkoSt. Louis Blues (#16/2010 NHL Draft)

Rating: 93
Height: 185cm/6'1"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1991-12-13
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia

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Vladimir Tarasenko: Kuznetsov is Russia's top young player (01/12/2012)
Tarasenko's agent: we'll take a decision after the WC (01/09/2012)
Vladimir Tarasenko: “It’s necessary to go overseas as developed player” (08/02/2011)
Evgeny Kuznetsov: «Playing two-three years in the AHL is not for me» (07/30/2011)
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06/02/2012 Tarasenko chooses NHL, agrees to sign with Blues

National Hockey League (NHL) -  After much uncertainty about his his immediate future, Russian right winger Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) has informed the Blues that he's coming to the NHL for the 2012-13 season. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, who is in Toronto attending the NHL combine, received a call at 1:30 a.m. Central time from Tarasenko's Russian-based agent, Alexei Dementiev, confirming the decision. Dementiev also told Armstrong that Tarasenko would be calling him in a few hours, which happened at 6 a.m. Central. "I was just sort of tossing and turning the rest of the night in anticipation of talking to (Tarasenko) and moving ahead," Armstrong said. "We spoke and it was 'Congratulations, we're excited to have you, I know it was a difficult decision.' I just wanted to let him know how happy we were to have him. He said he was very excited to be here." ( article by Jeremy Rutherford) READ MORE
01/15/2012 Vladimir Tarasenko traded to SKA St. Petersburg

U20 World Junior Championships -  Top Russian hockey prospect Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) has been traded from Sibir Novosibirsk to SKA St. Petersburg on the KHL trade deadline. This means that now Tarasenko will have a chance to prove himself in one of the KHL top teams, go far during the playoffs. Vladimir signed a contract which will run out on April 30th, then his KHL rights will be noved back to Sibir, a move that most likely means that he's going to join the Blues this summer. Tarasenko's new game with SKA will be on January 15th against Vityaz Chekhov.
01/12/2012 Vladimir Tarasenko: Kuznetsov is Russia's top young player

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Most likely Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) will be traded to Dynamo Moscow before the KHL Trade Deadline, then he will go to the St. Louis Blues this summer. In the meantime offers you the most recent interview pubblished in Russia, appeared on the website. In this interview, Tarasenko talks about the WJC, the NHL Entry Draft and his ties with his father. ( interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
01/09/2012 Tarasenko's agent: we'll take a decision after the WC
08/02/2011 Vladimir Tarasenko: “It’s necessary to go overseas as developed player”
06/24/2011 Top 10 Russians eligible for the 2011 NHL draft
05/25/2011 Vladimir Tarasenko to stay in the KHL for a further season
12/04/2010 WJC preparation camp roster released!
06/27/2010 Eight Russians picked during 2010 NHL Entry Draft
06/24/2010 Kirill Kabanov's Free Fall
06/18/2010 Web Site News: Vladimir Tarasenko's profile updated!
05/22/2010 Web Site News: New photos added to profiles of Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers), Evgeny Artyukhin (Atlanta Thrashers), Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes) and Vladimir Tarasenko
05/03/2010 Lisin and Kulyash among 5 Russians cut from the World Championships squad
16/04/2010 Prospects make Russian National Team
02/23/2010 Vladimir Tarasenko , Maxim Kitsyn and Evgeny Kuznetsov invited to NHL Draft Combine
01/07/2010 Top 5 reasons why Russia failed at WJC
01/02/2010 Switzerland knocks out Russia at WJC
01/01/2010 Russia wins, Czechs check out
12/27/2009 WJC kicks off, Russia gets the first win
12/18/2009 Final WJC roster released
11/21/2009 Russia loses to Sweden, gets the second place on the tournament
10/22/2009 Roster for Four Nations Tournament released
10/13/2009 Sibir - Avangard: Vladimir Tarasenko , Nikita Zaitsev and Nikita Pivtsakin evaluation
09/07/2009 Russia gets the third place
08/26/2009 U20 roster released
06/11/2009 Top 10 Russia prospects for 2009
05/01/2009 Web Site News: U18 WJC statistics updated and opened to all visitors!
04/28/2009 Team Russia U18 World Championships review
04/20/2009 Russia gets the silver, loses the finals
04/16/2009 Russia rallies to hand USA its first loss of World U18 hockey tournament
04/15/2009 Russia skates past USA 6-5
04/14/2009 Tarasenko and Kabanov lead U18 scoring
04/12/2009 Russia stuns Slovakia in second day
04/09/2009 WJC U18 starts with a loss
04/07/2009 Russia skates past Switzerland in test match
03/29/2009 Russia-91 skates past Belarus in control match
03/07/2009 U18 Preliminary rosters announced!
02/08/2009 Sweden: Russia loses to America, grabs the third place
02/07/2009 Russia-91 can't contain Finland's first line
Scouting Evaluations:
Russia skates past Finland
WJC kicks off, Russia gets the first win
Sibir - Avangard: Vladimir Tarasenko , Nikita Zaitsev and Nikita Pivtsakin evaluation
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: A capable forward with good technique…must improve his skating as his acceleration and top speed aren’t impressive, but at such age has still lots of room in front of him…gets outmuscled by defenders even if he has interesting size…must work on his balance too…plays well the puck, with a smooth stickhandling….very good level of technique, good in carrying the puck, passing and shooting…should play a bit more sure of his possibilities, for example he rarely misses passes, but only attempts the easy ones…seems to have a better work ethic than your average Russian prospect as he tries hard and bravely goes down to block shots…plays well without the puck and is capable to score opportunistic goals…good hockey sense, knows where to place himself on the ice even though he has to show this more…must build up mass to become effective, but there is a reason if he plays in the KHL at such young age…has all the tools to become a very good player with , but at such age is very hard to give an accurate projection about the future… Scout 2: An excellent offensive talent with a great attitude...he has what it takes even to play in a checking line as he commits hard...excellent technique and puckhandling, as well as skating...has build up quite a bit in the last couple of years, but he has to learn how to use the size at his advantage...has a very good shot, but he should use it more often...good passing play...a player who can become a future star...
Back In Russia:
Vladimir Tarasenko is a product of the Sibir Novosibirsk hockey school, where he spent his whole career. He's son of Andrei Tarasenko, former RSL scoring champion and Olympian, and now Sibir's head coach. He always gave responsibilities to his son and he paid back becoming one of the top players of his team being only 18. Tarasenko has always been a key player in Russia-91, but never win a gold medal with them at major international tournaments. In his first two KHL seasons he scored 34 points in 80 games. It might not seem a lot, but it's more than what Ovechkin accomplished playing when the Russian league was at a lower level than nowadays.
NHL Outlook:
Vladimir Tarasenko has all the tools to become a first line player in the NHL. He might sleep a bit during the draft day due to the "Russian factor", but he will be picked in the first round. draft projection: Top-20 selection
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2009-10 U20 Team Russia (90) U20 WJC (Intl.)6 4 1 5 2 -1
2009-10 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL (Reg.)42 13 11 24 18 -
2009-10 U20 Team Russia (90) U 20 Four Nations (Finland) (Intl.)3 2 3 5 0 +2
2008-09 U18 Team Russia (91) WJC U18 (Intl.)7 8 7 15 6 +7
2008-09 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL (Reg.)38 7 3 10 2 +2
2008-09 U18 Team Russia (91) U18 5 Nations (Intl.)4 4 3 7 0 +2
2008-09 U18 Team Russia (91) Ivan Hlinka Memorial (Intl.)4 3 2 5 0 +2
2008-09 U18 Team Russia (91) World Junior A (Intl.)4 2 7 9 2
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