Opinion: Vladimir Tarasenko Has Regained Elite Offensive Status

With their 6-2 win last night over the Buffalo Sabers, it’s safe to say Vladimir Tarasenko has regained his elite form this season. After two seasons riddled by injuries that forced the elite right-wing goal scorer to miss the majority of his games, he has been able to stay healthy this year and put up the numbers everyone is accustomed to seeing. Over the past two seasons, Tarasenko has suited up for 34 games, 10 in 2019 and 24 in 2020, as he recorded 24 points between the two seasons. This season is a great comeback story for the 30-year-old as he once again reached the 30-goal mark for the sixth time in his 10-year career.

Tarasenko Has Found His Offensive Touch

In last night’s game, Tarasenko was unstoppable as he finished the matchup with three goals and five points, including a play where he absolutely embarrassed 2021 number one overall pick Owen Power in his second career game. Thanks to his hat trick Tarasenko now has 31 goals on the season to go along with 41 assists and 72 points through 67 games. His 41 assists are a career-high, beating his previous total of 36, while the 72 points are only three points away from breaking a career-high of 75 points he set during the 2016-2017 season. With eight games remaining and the hot streak he has been on 14 points in his last seven games, including a four-game point streak, Tarasenko is looking to set a new career-high.

Tarasenko Leads Blues In Offensive Stats

Tarasenko has been a key reason for the Blues’ success and a vital part of why the Blues are in a situation to lock up the second seed in the Central Division that would give them a home-ice advantage over the Minnesota Wild in what is shaping up to be the first-round matchup. His five power-play goals and 20 power-play points place him fifth in goals and second in points. For the season, his 31 goals rank first on the team, his 41 assists are third, and his 72 points are also first.

It’s safe to say the Russian native and 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft has regained his elite form as he looks to propel the St. Louis Blues to another Stanley Cup Championship, just like the 2018-2019 season before he got hurt. Now with 246 goals and 263 assists for 509 points in his career and back to being fully healthy, he looks to continue his offensive dominance for years to come.  

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