Vladimir Tarasenko is the emerging right before our eyes.
If you took in the game on Tuesday, you probably heard Hitchcock's quip about how 91 can score in numerous ways. You've probably played the clip of Tarasenko undressing the New York defense for a goal with a finishing move that Kent Nilsson brought to popularity and actually put former Blues goalie coach Corey Hirsch on a stamp.
For the uninformed, Peter Forsberg used that move in a shootout to score what ended up being the winning goal in the 1994 Olympic Gold Medal Game (The more you know!). Hirsch did not allow his name to be placed on his jersey when that moment became a stamp in Sweden. We've seen Tarasenko score off the rush on sweet set-ups from Jori Lehtera. The hat trick goal on a power play against Dallas in overtime? That shit was just a grip it and rip it one-timer on a dish from Kevin Shattenkirk. Be it wristers, slappers, set pieces, off the rush, special teams, or making magic happen by himself, Vladimir Tarasenko is proving he'll be more than just a temporary flurry of goals.
He's not reliant on picking corners like Brad Boyes was during his 76 goal outburst over two seasons. He doesn't have just the one move where he curls up from the goal line in order to wheel around the faceoff dot like Lee Stempniak did when he started to emerge in the 2006-07 season. You'll also see Tarasenko getting involved in the physical play more often than not, which is far better than Dutchie and Mr. High and Wide ever did.
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