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10-18-2011, 01:21 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
1.) Tarasenko is so much more than a scoring winger.
STLFaninIA produced their stats at 18 years old. When they were each 17 (prior to draft, here were their respective numbers):
Ovy (in RSL) = 53 GP, 13G, 11A, 24PTS, .45 PTS/GP
Tarasenko (in KHL) = 42 GP, 13G, 11A, 24PTS, .57PTS/GP
Inexplicably, Tarasenko dropped in scoring in his 18 year old season, despite a tremendous WJC that proved he was one of the best U20s in the world. My guess is it has to do with how Tarasenko was used.
Now, he's on the front line playing with another Blues prospect, Jori Lehtera, who's an excellent playmaking center, and with the proper ice time and linemates he's dominating the KHL, like was really expected last season.
He's on pace to outdo Malkin's 19 year old numbers this season if he keeps it up, which are the best i've ever seen for a 19 year old in the RSL/KHL. Tarasenko's scoring curve very closesly matches Pavel Bure:
17 - Bure: 0.81pts/gp, Tarasenko: 0.57pts/gp
18 - Bure: 0.52pts/gp, Tarasenko: 0.45pts/gp
19 - Bure: 1.04pts/gp, Tarasenko: (currently) 1.20pts/gp
Realistically, Tarasenko will probably end up somewhere around bure's 1.04pts/gp in 2011-12. Bure scored 60 pts in 65 gp his rookie season.
I think that type of production can be expected from Tarasenko next season.
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