Vladimir Tarasenko Profile
2008-09: Vladimir Tarasenko an excellent rookie season in the KHL with seven goals and ten points. The young right winger started getting into Sibir Novosibirsk’s rotation and his role grew as the season went on. Tarasenko played a key role in Team Russia 91 national team and was the team’s top scorer or second top scorers in most of the international tournaments. He played first line hockey at the WJC U18 and with seven goals and 15 points he was the tournament’s second top scorer and one of the forwards in the All-Star team. Team Russia clinched a silver medal after losing the finals to team USA.
2009-10: Tarasenko’s role has dramatically increased this season and he was a regular player in the team’s top lines, being one of the best performers of Sibir Novosibirsk. Tarasenko increased his point production to 13 goals and 24 points (same numbers as Ovechkin in his draft year) and his playing time to more than twelve minutes per game. In December Tarasenko scored four goals in six games at the WJC. At the end of the season he participated in the training camp for the WC with Russian senior national team, skating in one stage of the Euro Hockey Tour, but without making the cut.
Tarasenko Talent Analysis
Vladimir Tarasenko is a forward who likes to play the off wing. He is a classical Russian winger, with plenty of talent and a very good touch around the net. While being firstly a goal scorer, he can also pass the puck rather well and reads efficiently the ice. He has no obvious holes in his game as he is very good competitor and possesses an amount of grit that might allow him to play even in a checking line role, also because of his decent size. He showed that he is willing to play hard on the corner and to get down to block shots, but he has to learn how to use his size at his advantage. His excellent shot makes of him an big threat on ice, both because of its accuracy and its quick release. Skating, deking and technique are his main feats, he’s a first line kind of player for the future.
Tarasenko has all the tools to become a star. He is a premium talent with a touch of grit, necessary to play the more demanding North American game, who can put the biscuit in the basket night in, night out. He is one of the best players available for the 2010 NHL Draft, but his recent statements about a further year in the KHL might be cause of concern among more than one team.
There is no team that I'd really like to draft me. My dream is to play in the NHL, that's all.Vladimir Tarasenko on April 20, 2010 @ Sportsdaily.ru
I'm more than 18 years old but I still wear a cage because I had an injury and now doctors forbid me to play without it.Vladimir Tarasenko on April 20, 2010 @ Sportsdaily.ru
September 23, 2010
Tarasenko played 2nd line against Metallurg Mg, 0G, 0A, 17:57 TOI, 3 shots, Sibir won 3-1
September 25, 2010
Tarasenko played second line against Traktor, no points, 4 shots, 2 PIMs, Sibir lost 3-2
September 27, 2010
Tarasenko didn't shine, no points in 2-1 win over Avangard, 1 shot, 14:26 TOI, no ice time during OT
October 4, 2010
Tarasenko scored a PP goal in the 3-1 goal during the win over Amur. 14:21 TOI, 3 shots, even, 0 PIMs
October 7, 2010
Tarasenko scored the game-winning shoot out against Metallurg Nk.
October 8, 2010
Tarasenko had an assist during 1-3 defeat to Barys Astana. 13:39 TOI, 5 shots, 0 PIMs, good game with some scoring chances
October 12, 2010
No points for Tarasenko when Sibir loses to Ak Bars 2-3 OT. 13:24 TOI, 4 shots, a couple of scoring chances
October 16, 2010
No points for Tarasenko when Sibir defeated Neftekhimik 3-2. 13:24 TOI, 5 shots, even
October 19, 2010
No points for Vladimir Tarasenko when Sibir loses to Barys 3-1 in Astana. 9 (nine) shots, 12:01 TOI, even
October 24, 2010
Tarasenko gets an assist when Sibir loses to Yugra 3-2. 17:02 TOI, +1, 0 PIMs, 3 shots
November 2, 2010
No points for Tarasenko when Sibir defeats Spartak in Moscow 0-1. 3 shots, no PIMs, 13:06 TOI
November 4, 2010
Tarasenko scores when Sibir defeats Severstal 4-2. 6 shots, no PIMs, +1, 15:35 TOI
November 8, 2010
Tarasenko gets no points when Sibir loses to SKA 3-1. Logs 15:13 TOI, 3 shots, -1