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02-14-2013, 07:14 PM
2 Minute Minor
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Originally Posted by Zine View Post
Why is Tarasenko playing small minutes?

People were mad at SKA for this, but now it happens with St. Louis? Tarasenko leads the team in goals, 2nd in shots, and 2nd in points for forwards.

Is he being punished for playing in the KHL during the lockout?
He's not always playing in the system. On defense, he's not always in the right place. I think its just a learning process, and a bit of a communication issue. It just happens that the Blues have a lot of depth on the wing, and can afford to bring him along slowly.

He's good at creating plays and making dangerous opportunities. But he's not a PK guy (yet) and he's disappeared for stretches within games. I view it as a bit of fatigue. He's getting physically pounded in a way he never has before.

His minutes reflect good coaching and not putting too much responsibility on him too quickly. He's being put into situations to succeed. He's going to be a star in the league for a long time.

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