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Vladimir Tarasenko is a St. Louis Blues prospect who was scheduled to be a member of Peoria Rivermen for the start of the 2012-13 AHL season.
However, Tarasenko opted to return to the KHL and that may not be the worst thing for his development.
Tarasenko is a natural goal scorer with a great shot complemented by his quick hands. His volatile, abrupt speed and acceleration allow him to create space and scoring opportunities in open ice.
Tarasenko is a feisty competitor who plays with grit and aggression. He is an average 5'11" and 202 pounds, but he has proven himself against older players during his time in the KHL.
For the time being, he will be teammates with his countryman, the ever-dangerous Ilya Kovalchuk.
Tarasenko will continue to develop, but he will thrive when he has his opportunity with the St. Louis Blues after the lockout ends.