Jun 2, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT
Blues fans have been taking a watchful eye on Russia to see if 2010 first-round pick Vladimir Tarasenko will bring his game to St. Louis.
Their patience may be about to be rewarded.
Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov reports this morning Tarasenko will come to North America and play for the Blues. Tarasenko has been playing in the KHL the last four seasons, splitting his time this past year with Novosibirsk Siber and SKA St. Petersburg.
The powerful scoring winger is someone the Blues have been high on since picking him but feared his stay in the KHL might be a permanent choice for him. Now he’ll be taking his shot to make the Blues roster with Ken Hitchcock at the helm. Here’s to hoping Tarasenko never had a chance to talk with Nikolay Zherdev.
Update (10:35 a.m. ET): Book it. Tarasenko signs his three-year entry-level deal according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Post-Dispatch.
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