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Blues’ Tarasenko named rookie of the month

Feb 4, 2013, 1:24 PM EST

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No surprise that, after leading all first-year players in scoring for January, St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko has been named the NHL’s rookie of the month.

Tarasenko, 21, had points in six of seven games (5G-4A-9PTS total) and became the first Blues rookie in nearly 35 years to record five points in his first two NHL games (Wayne Babych did it in 1978-79.)

Selected 16th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Tarasenko is a big reason why the Blues are off to an impressive 6-2-0 start. He’s leading the team in scoring through eight games, with 10 points, and also leads all skaters in plus-minus (plus-6) and even-strength goals (four).

That said, he faced some stiff competition for January’s rookie award.

Tampa Bay’s Cory Conacher also posted nine points (3G-6A) while Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz led all rookie defensemen in scoring — 2G-3A — while averaging 22:34 per game, tops among all first-year players.

Other rookies in the running included Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov (four goals in seven games) and Montreal center Alex Galchenyuk (five points in six games).

  1. bcsteele - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    This kid is a stud. I’ve never been this excited about watching Blues hockey. We were a pretty complete team with the exception of a solid goal scorer. We’d usually win by committee. This guy is what we’ve been missing and if we can stay healthy and our goal tending stays true to form we should go far.

    • govtminion - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Not even a Blues fan, but I’m with you- that kid is something else. Good pickup there.

  2. themagicfanguy - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Conacher will get the one that counts! GO BOLTS!!

  3. jennettalia - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Why is it not Conacher?

    Conacher:
    Games: 8
    Goals: 5
    Assists: 7
    Points: 12
    Plus/Minus: +7
    PIM: 6
    Game-winning goals: 2
    Shooting %: 35.7
    Time/Game: 14:33
    Giveaways: 2
    Takeaways: 2
    Hits: 1

    Tarasenko:
    Games: 8
    Goals: 5
    Assists: 5
    Points: 10
    Plus/Minus: +6
    PIM: 8
    Game-winning goals: 1
    Shooting %: 19.2
    Time/Game: 15:00
    Giveaways: 2
    Takeaways: 0
    Hits: 13

    Don’t get me wrong. I love the way Tarasenko is playing. But this is ridiculous. Similar players, with Conacher edging him in literally every stat available aside from hits.

    • msmithkey - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Tarasenko was named rookie of the month for January because he had better numbers in January. Conarcher has better numbers now but that is large in part because of his game against the Jets which occurred in Feb

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