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10-22-2012, 06:31 PM
Yosemite Sam
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What Tarasenko is doing in the KHL right now is pretty remarkable. Granted it's a pretty small sample size, but here are some comparisons.

In numerous threads where both Tarasenko and Kuznetsov are discussed on these boards, many people chose Kuznetsov as the better prospect. That includes the recent thread where people listed their top five prospects, for example. I won't even consider what Tarasenko did last year and how dominant he was in the playoffs with little ice time. Let's just look at this year in the K.

Tarasenko: 8GP, 7G, 6A, 13pts
Kuznetsov: 16GP, 7G, 10A, 17pts

When you just look at the stats, you can see that Tarasenko has as many goals and nearly as many points in half the games. But when you dig a little deeper and look at average ice time per game, that's when your socks get blown off. In those 8 games played, Tarasenko saw an average just over 13 minutes of ice time per game whereas Kuznetsov has benefited from just short of 20 minutes per game.

In short, Tarasenko has gotten a point for every 8 minutes he was on the ice. Kuznetsov got a point every 18+ of ice time. Small sample size but very significant difference. Tarasenko's scoring a goal every 15 minutes versus more than 45 minutes for Kuznetsov.

Some will say it's because Tarasenko is playing with Kovalchuk. It is a factor, no doubt, but it's hard to believe that alone accounts for the performance gap between Tarasenko and Kuznetsov. In fact, if you look at the stats, Tarasenko's doing better that Kovalchuk as well. Kovalchuk: 10.2 minutes/point and 29+ minutes/goal.

Anyway, I don't want to make a huge deal out of it but suffice it to say Tarasenko has started the year on absolute fire and has been the premier player in the entire KHL so far this year. And yes, that includes everyone if you compare stats. It's a great sign for the Blues for sure.

And for those who compare Kuznetsov and Tarasenko... flashier does not equal better.

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