Skip to content

Blues’ Tarasenko starts season on fire

Jan 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

tarasenkocelegetty Getty Images

It’s comically early, but so far, Vladimir Tarasenko is making an empathic argument that he was worth the wait for the St. Louis Blues.

The 21-year-old kept the momentum going from a two-goal night on Saturday, helping his Blues squeak by the Nashville Predators with a 4-3 shootout win on Monday thanks in large part to his three points.

Tarasenko is currently tied for the league lead in points at five with Marian Hossa, Martin St. Louis and Thomas Vanek.

You can check out his fancy first NHL goal from the season-opener here, while this assist on an Andy McDonald goal might just be his best Monday highlight:

Here’s his lone tally of the night, for argument’s sake. (NHL.com‘s cute headline: “A patient Vlad.”)

OK, that was pretty nice, too.

Obviously we’re just on day three of the season, but the Russian’s exhilarating start should make him an early leader in the Calder Trophy race.

He might need more ice time to keep his production level high, though. As you can see from his early numbers, he’s making the most of his chances:

Game 1: two goals, five shots and a +1 rating in 13:52 time on ice.

Game 2: one goal, two assists, three shots and a +1 in 14:54 minutes.

To provide some context: 2012 Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog averaged 18:36 minutes per game. Tarasenko also has great competition in a pretty stacked first-year class.

Scoring five points every two games is too much to ask, but do you believe that Tarasenko will remain atop the rookie race by the end of the season?

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Josh Manson, son of former pugilist Dave Manson, expected to make NHL debut

    Oct 31, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    Josh Manson, Daniel Maggio AP

    He’s on the left in that photo. Doing what his old man used to do.

  2. Markstrom falls short of AHL shutout record

    Oct 31, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jacob Markstrom Getty Images

    Has been on quite a roll down in Utica.

  3. Fallen Leaf: Lupul (broken hand) out indefinitely

    Oct 31, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Meanwhile, sounds like Carter Ashton makes his season debut.

  4. Bolts reassign Paquette, Callahan to return?

    Oct 31, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT

    Ryan Callahan Getty Images

    Could play Saturday against Washington.

  5. Bruins coach praises Sabres, who ‘came to play’

    Oct 31, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    At the same time, Claude Julien admits the B’s “are still trying to find that confidence level that comes with winning on a regular basis.”

  6. Sabres GM can ‘start thinking more about’ Zadorov situation now

    Oct 31, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

    Nikita Zadorov Getty Images

    “I just haven’t come to that decision yet.”

  7. ‘Svenmania’ a distant memory as Flames’ Baertschi struggles in the AHL

    Oct 31, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

    Sven Baertschi AP

    Former 13th overall pick doesn’t want to comment on trade rumors.

  8. Agent: Vanek was not ‘involved’ in money laundering

    Oct 31, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

    Thomas Vanek, Jan Hejda AP

    “He was the bettor. He bet on football games.” And that, according to Steve Bartlett, is all he did.

  9. With healthy Rinne, Preds off to great start

    Oct 31, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    Pekka Rinne Getty Images

    We’d say we were surprised, but we totally thought this could happen.

  10. Sounds like Semin will be a healthy scratch Saturday

    Oct 31, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Alexander Semin, David Perron AP

    Hurricanes forward was benched Tuesday in Vancouver.

  11. Even after big changes, Isles still struggling defensively

    Oct 31, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    New York Islanders v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    “We’ve given up a lot of goals and we need to be better, help our goaltenders out.”

  12. After three-game stint, Chicago sends Darling back to minors

    Oct 31, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

    Scott Darling AP

    Antti Raanta retains the backup gig behind Corey Crawford.

Featured video

Worst team in the NHL?

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. C. Crawford (3371)
  2. E. Staal (2884)
  3. A. Kopitar (2760)
  4. M. Gaborik (2619)
  5. E. Kane (2490)
  1. P. Stastny (2483)
  2. N. Foligno (2137)
  3. V. Nichushkin (2085)
  4. V. Hedman (2048)
  5. D. Heatley (2035)