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Vladimir Tarasenko's Father Explains Why His Son Is A "Master"

Vladimir Tarasenko's family explains why he is as successful as he has been.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Tarasenko has referenced the importance of both his father, Andrei Tarasenko, and his grandfather Vladimir in his development and training. He talks to his grandfather and father after every game for pointers and suggestions for improvement, and his father gave some insights to the Russian media on Tarasenko's development. Tarasenko has high standards for himself:

"It's kind of hard, but I like it when people set high expectations for me," said Tarasenko, who has 36 goals and 79 points in 113 NHL games, including a strong candidate for "goal of the year" Monday night in a 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden. "I'm supposed to work twice as hard everywhere. You can't make these people sad [in St. Louis]. It's good pressure."

What his father says explains it all.

This certainly explains Tarasenko's talent, and it also explains his drive. If he isn't already, it shouldn't be long before he's a supermaster, but don't expect his father or grandfather to tell him that. There's always room for improvement.

St/t to Matt Clendenin for the quote find.