Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko will miss the World Championships to rehab an injured thumb.

The 22-year-old Tarasenko had a good season with 21 goals and 43 points in 64 games and also potted four goals in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues think he has a chance to be a top-notch first line player and want him to be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season, rather than playing for Russia at the Worlds. "He played with a cast on his hand in the playoffs and now we need to get that 100 percent healthy," GM Doug Armstrong said. "In three weeks to a month he'll have full strength. It wasn't 100 percent when he played. We need him to become an impact player and he's certainly tracking that way." Expect big things next season as he could hit the 30-35 goal mark.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko will play on St. Louis' top line on Friday.

Tarasenko has four goals in four games in the 2014 playoffs. His linemates will be Vladimir Sobotka and Alexander Steen.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in St. Louis 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night at United Center and the playoff series is now tied at 2-2.

Tarasenko scored his third and fourth goal of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't enough for the Blues. Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Blues in the loss.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.

That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.

He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will suit up for the Blues on Thursday night against Chicago in their playoff opener.

He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, here he skated with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz. Tarasenko hasn't played since Mar. 15 because of a hand injury, which required surgery to repair.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 4 Months

The St. Louis Blues think Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will be available before the end of the first round.

Tarasenko had the cast on his injured hand taken off on Monday. He has been sidelined for about a month.

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Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) has begun skating again.

He will work on his conditioning while his hand recovers from surgery. Tarasenko will need to be able to handle the puck and shoot before he's able to return. Depending on how far the Blues get in the playoffs, he may be able to play at some point.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 5 Months

Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) hasn't resumed skating.

He hasn't been cleared to get back on the ice yet following hand surgery, but he is getting close. Tarasenko won't be re-evaluated until the regular season is over.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 5 Months

Coach Ken Hitchcock said the Blues are going to miss Vladimir Tarasenko's quick-strike ability.

"He's a shooter. So the game can be just meandering along and bang-bang, over. That's what he does," Hitchcock said. "He is this sudden impact offense and we're going to have to learn to adjust because we don't have that type of player, so we're going to have to find different ways to adjust." Tarasenko will be re-evaluated two weeks after the regular season. He had surgery on Mar. 21 to repair a hand injury.