5 Reasons Vladimir Tarasenko Is the Clear 2013 Rookie of Year Favorite

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5 Reasons Vladimir Tarasenko Is the Clear 2013 Rookie of Year Favorite
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The return of the NHL means that the focus that was on the board room and negotiating sessions is now back on the ice.

The season is just a week old and there are already solid on-ice stories that are starting to unfold.

One of the most notable stories involves the outstanding play of the rookies around the league.

Edmonton's Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz, along with Boston's Dougie Hamilton, have already made key contributions to their teams, but the most eye-catching rookie has been St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Blues have won three of their first four games, and Tarasenko has scored four goals and two assists.

It may be tough for him to keep up his goal-per-game production—not to mention his assists—but Tarasenko has the inside track on winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.

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