Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
4 days ago

Tarasenko finished Wednesday's 3-2 loss with one assist.

EDGE Analysis

Now with five points in six contests, the Russian forward has been a consistent producer in what is still a young season. Tarasenko, however, is a minus-six on the year and needs to do a better job at preventing goals. The prized forward remains a must-start in most formats considering he's, four times prior to 2018-19, scored 30 goals in a season. Up next for Tarasenko and the Blues is a trip to Toronto to face the league-leading Maple Leafs.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
2 weeks ago

Tarasenko scored two goals -- one on the man advantage -- on seven shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to Chicago.

EDGE Analysis

Tarasenko is chasing his fifth consecutive 30-goal season and Saturday's performance puts him on track early in the season. The 26-year-old sniper skated over 21 minutes, including 4:42 on the power play. He should continue scoring goals at a consistent rate as he's shown for several seasons.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
1 month ago

Tarasenko (shoulder) will play Friday in a preseason home contest versus the Blue Jackets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Previous reports indicated that Tarasenko will be ready for the start of the regular season, and the fact that he's scheduled to draw into the next preseason game only strengthens that notion. Tarasenko has averaged 36 goals over the past two seasons, but his 66-point output from last year was the lowest it's been since his abbreviated 2013-14 campaign.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
1 month ago

Tarasenko said he should be ready to play in the season opener Oct. 4 against the Jets, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

This notion is backed up by Tarasenko practicing without limitations ahead of training camp, according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. Although the skates haven't consisted of much contact, there's no reason to believe the Russian sniper won't be in shape to play right out of the gates. Prospective fantasy owners should still monitor his workload throughout camp, but his value has never been higher due to the offseason additions of Ryan O'Reilly, Patrick Maroon, David Perron and Tyler Bozak.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
2 months ago

Tarasenko (shoulder) skated during a voluntary practice with the Blues on Monday, Michael Blinn of Sports Illustrated reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although he's not cleared for contact yet, Tarasenko was able to shoot less than four months after reconstructive surgery for his dislocated surgery. The regular season is still two months away and the Russian winger still needs to absorb contact before he's put into the game, but being able to shoot already is a huge step in the right direction. Tarasenko is coming off a "down year" with just 33 goals and 66 points, but the additions of Ryan O'Reilly, Patrick Maroon and Tyler Bozak should catalyze a bounce-back year, as the Blues will have three full lines with offensive threats.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
4 months ago

Tarasenko is progressing well in recovery from April's shoulder surgery, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blues hunted for top talent to surround Tarasenko with this offseason, making a runs at John Tavares, Ilya Kovalchuk and Artemi Panarin. However, these attempts have fallen short, so the good news about Tarasenko's recovery can serve as a silver lining -- for now -- since it's still not clear if he'll be healthy for the season opener Oct. 4. The Russian sniper will look to bounce back from a "down year" by his standards, as he scored 33 goals and 33 assists to mark his lowest point total since 2013-14. The regression could be contributed to coach Mike Yeo consistently shaking up the lines in the name of balance and not allowing Tarasenko to find a groove with his linemates. That could all change if the Blues can poach a top-six forward when free agency opens Sunday, but keep an eye on whether prospect Robert Thomas can fill that mold as well.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
6 months ago

Tarasenko required reconstructive surgery to repair his left shoulder, and he'll be reevaluated in training camp come September.

EDGE Analysis

The prized winger sustained his injury in a do-or-die contest against the Avalanche on Saturday, departing after 2:20 of ice time. "When (the pain) didn't go away (after) 10-15 seconds, you know it was something serious," Tarasenko said. "I'm really upset it happened in the most important game of the year, but it was a bad feeling to be in the locker room while the guys fought for a (playoff) spot." While Tarasenko -- who provided 66 points in 80 regular-season games -- has every reason to be miffed about his ill-fated close to the 2017-18 campaign, the silver lining is that he has more time to recover with the Blues eliminated from playoff contention.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
6 months ago

Tarasenko will require surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder suffered in Saturday's season finale, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic St. Louis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tarasenko told reporters he expects to be ready in time for the start of the 2018-19 campaign, which should calm the fears of most fantasy owners. The Russian failed to reach the 70-point mark for the first time in four years, but still managed to rack up 30-plus goals for the fourth consecutive season. There is little reason to doubt the winger's ability to get back to repeating his elite-level numbers next season.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
6 months ago

Tarasenko left Saturday's game against the Avalanche with an injury in the first period and did not return for the second period, Jim Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Well this could be bad news for the Blues if they end up making the playoffs. The Russian winger has 33 goals and is arguably the top sniper St. Louis has. If the Blues get eliminated from playoff contention this becomes an offseason issue. However, if St. Louis clinches a spot not having Tarasenko would be a problem.

Vladimir Tarasenko
RW STL
7 months ago

Tarasenko scored a goal on five shots and added an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Tarasenko has done his best to get the Blues into the playoffs, as he has six goals and two assists in his last seven games. However, the Russian is actually likely to have his worst campaign in four seasons. In his past three campaigns he didn't finish with fewer than 37 goals and 73 points. With only two games left this season he has 33 goals and 66 points.