Vladimir Tarasenko
Born December 13, 1991 (1991-12-13) (age 25)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, USSR
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Sibir Novosibirsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team Template:Country data Russia
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2010
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

Vladimir Tarasenko (born Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko on December 13, 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Vladimir 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.

He 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.

Vladimir was drafted 16th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Playing CareerEdit

Vladimir learned from his father, Andrei, who was a former Russian league scoring champion and Olympian. 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.

Vladimir 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.

Vladimir returned to Sibir in 2009–10 as the seventh youngest player in the KHL. He again represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, finishing third in team scoring with five points in six games.

Vladimir is over 18 years old but still wears a cage because doctors forbid him to play without it due to a previous injury. International Scouting Services ranked Vladimir as the top ranked European skater and fourth overall, in its mid-term rankings for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Described by scouts as strong and mobile with no glaring weaknesses, Tarasenko had expressed interest in playing in the National Hockey League though his father, also his coach with Sibir, believed it was important that his son remained in Russia.

Vladimir 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.

On January 13, 2012, Vladimir was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg for Vyacheslav Solodukhin. On June 2, 2012, he 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.

However as a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Vladimir 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.

Once the lockout ended, Vladimir 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.

Vladimir finished his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games.

On February 4, 2013, Vladimir was named NHL Rookie Of The Month for the month of January after scoring five goals to go with a total of nine points.

Career StatisticsEdit

    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
KHL totals 207 66 65 131 51 18 10 6 16 6
NHL totals 38 8 11 19 10 1 0 0 0 0

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC-U18 Template:Silver2 7 8 7 15 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 4 1 5 2
2011 Russia WJC Template:Gold1 7 4 7 11 0
Junior int'l totals 20 15 16 31 8
2011 Russia WC 4th 6 1 0 1 0
Senior int'l totals 6 1 0 1 0

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star (2009)
  • NHL Rookie Of The Month For The Month Of January (2013)

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