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01-20-2013, 10:36 AM
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What a debut, eh?
Indeed, Robb. I remember chatting with you about him on the old Blues forum boards before we ever drafted him. We were both hoping Jarmo would trade up so we could somehow snag him. It was absolutely shocking when he fell in our lap mid-round. And it's truly been a pleasure watching him develop and almost surreal now to finally see him donning the note and doing his thing. I really believe he has all the tools and skill to be a bonafide superstar in this league. It's a great time to be a Blues fan.

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01-20-2013, 10:54 AM
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Gahhh i wanted Tarasenko so bad on draft day. Glad you guys have em though.

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01-20-2013, 10:56 AM
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Beauty goals isn't everything Tarasenko has. I bet people will see some realy good passes from him pretty soon. And he forechecks and backchecks as well.
He's got the whole package. You'll see him on the PK, eventually. He'll be an all star, and I venture to say that there's a reasonable chance he'll be a "superstar". Let's hope he'll love St. Louis and stay there his whole career.

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01-20-2013, 12:11 PM
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Yep. He is very north_american_type_of_player.
Hehe, just watch some old USSR vs Canada games and pay attention how good were superstars like Krutov or Makarov on forechecking/backchecking. It's a soviet style. All great soviet stars were good defensively. Otherwise you got no chances to become a great soviet star.

Guys like Balderis or Drozdetskiy were fantastic players. But they were too one dimensional and never had a lot of chances to get to USSR NT and win big games.

And don't forget that Vladi's dad was growing in the soviet hockey system.

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01-20-2013, 12:11 PM
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I am sooo happy he is finally here. Especially after the lockout. I knew he was going to be good but wow he played really well.

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01-20-2013, 12:12 PM
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After two years of watching games in Russia anticipating this kid, last night was sweet indeed.

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01-20-2013, 12:25 PM
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I expect him to be a superstar. He won't produce like that in his rookie season, but in his prime I expect Frank to be a top 10 forward in the league. Yeah, those are very high expectations, but I've seen nothing to indicate that he won't reach his potential.

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01-20-2013, 12:34 PM
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You can tell he has the offensive instincts like Ovechkin and Malkin, just in the way he sees multiple moves on a weak opponent and executes whichever one that will allow a scoring chance. If he were a physical monster like Ovechkin, he'd truly have superstar potential. His speed, shot, and senses are clearly elite, but his passing is what will make him dangerous. The East figured out OV from the left...Now the West will have to do the same to Frank on the right.

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01-20-2013, 12:34 PM
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I expect him to be a superstar. He won't produce like that in his rookie season, but in his prime I expect Frank to be a top 10 forward in the league. Yeah, those are very high expectations, but I've seen nothing to indicate that he won't reach his potential.
top 20 or 30 and I`ll be happy!

and it should help that he joined the team at the perfect time!
the boys are young and hungry, just like he is and we are winning.
and with the depth we have the other teams will have a hard time just focusing on him, everyone can score, that should take some pressure off him

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01-20-2013, 07:50 PM
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I remember Taras when he got traded from Sibir to SKA before PO last season. Coach didn't believe in him. His ice time was shocking ~6:00 minuts. And his mood obviously was pretty low. Until he scored hatty. It didn't take too long. After that it became impossible for coach to keep him warming the bench. His icetime gradually was increasing. In PO he was scoring leader in the KHL. I remember the joke: the annual post-season meeting of SKA players with fans (fans were frustrated after PO) only Tarasenko will survive. Probably, he was only SKA player who was not criticised and even his coach had to admit that he was the best SKA player in PO.
Only thing he needs is just belief in him, even in a hard times and let him develop step by step. Like Pittsburgh let Malkin develop his skills. That's all he needs.


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01-20-2013, 09:31 PM
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After two years of watching games in Russia anticipating this kid, last night was sweet indeed.
ditto, watching him live and in person was really cool and worth every penny

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01-20-2013, 09:44 PM
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I remember Taras when he got traded from Sibir to SKA before PO last season. Coach didn't believe in him. His ice time was shocking ~6:00 minuts. And his mood obviously was pretty low. Until he scored hatty. It didn't take too long. After that it became impossible for coach to keep him warming the bench. His icetime gradually was increasing. In PO he was scoring leader. I remember the joke: the annual post-season meeting of SKA players with fans (fans were frustrated after PO) only Tarasenko will survive. Probably, he was only SKA player who was not criticised and even his coach had to admit that he was the best SKA player in PO.
Only thing he needs just belief in him, even in a hard times and let him develop step by step. Like Pittsburgh let Malkin develop his skills. That's all he needs.
St. Louis is one of the best sports cities in the country. The ovation he got last night before the game is pretty much what he can expect his entire career. This town loves their sports figures, especially ones that are humble and hard working like Tarasenko.

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01-20-2013, 09:54 PM
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For so long we've been hearing about how we lack that elite, top-end scorer to put us over the top.

I have no reason to believe that he either won't become this or isn't there already.

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01-20-2013, 11:20 PM
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Jets fan popping in.

Not only am I a huge fan of Tarasenko (very impressive young player), but I think you guys have the best team in hockey, and will just wreck house this year.

All the best.

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01-21-2013, 12:04 AM
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ditto, watching him live and in person was really cool and worth every penny
You know what pissed me off as much as anything about the lockout was I'd have attended Tarasenko's first game, originally scheduled October 11 in Denver.

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01-21-2013, 05:42 AM
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He has all the potential to be the scorer we have needed for a long time. I think Hitch made a very good move by putting him with Steen and Amac, like the look of that line a lot.

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01-21-2013, 09:10 AM
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WOW! More exclamation periods needed, but that sums up his play in one word, doesn't it?

I've been thinking that his play may very well push or lift some of the young stars like Oshie and Perron to greater heights. Some of the older ones too maybe.

Friendly rivalry, 'ya know

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01-21-2013, 05:52 PM
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01-21-2013, 06:04 PM
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As a Wings fan, I gotta say I am going to hate playing against this guy for years to come. He's the real deal.

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01-21-2013, 06:22 PM
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Tarasenko is simply amazing me so far. I can only hope he is as good as the last 91 I loved.

Best of luck to you guys, even though the games are going to be hell for me.

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01-21-2013, 06:39 PM
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01-21-2013, 08:25 PM
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With 3 goals and 2 assists Vladi is now tied for the league lead in points.

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01-21-2013, 08:30 PM
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Red Wings fan here:

Tarasenko is simply amazing me so far. I can only hope he is as good as the last 91 I loved.

Best of luck to you guys, even though the games are going to be hell for me.


It just wasn't fair the teams the Wings had over the years. Some of those teams were plain silly. The Blues are due for some luck. I'm really hoping Vlad can become a Fedorov type of player.

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With 3 goals and 2 assists Vladi is now tied for the league lead in points.
And with several less minutes played than his closest competitors, I'll wager. As in The KHL, I'll bet he leads The NHL in goals and points per minute played.

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Tarasenko with the #4 and #1 plays of the weekend on NHL Network

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