Notes: 2010-11: Selected by St. Louis in 1st round (16th overall) of the NHL Draft...2012-13: Made NHL debut.
Russian forward is the second-ranked European skater by NHL Central
Scouting...Had a solid sophomore season in the KHL in 2009-10, posting 13
goals and 24 points in 42 games for HC Sibir Novosibirsk...Finished second in
KHL Rookie of the Year voting in 2008-09 after notching seven goals and 10
points in 38 games...Led Team Russia to a silver medal at the 2009 World
Under-18 Championships, posting 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in seven
games...Had four goals and an assist in six games at the 2010 World Junior
Championships in Canada...Boasts an all-around offensive game, excelling at
both goal-scoring as well as play-making...Tarasenko's father, Andrei, who
also coaches HC Sibir, had a long hockey playing career in Russia and represented his country at the 1994 Winter Olympics.