April 21, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues wave to the fans after game 5 of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center. The Blues won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Tarasenko Makes ESPN's Top 20 Prospects Outside NHL

Commonly praised for his stick handling and shooting ability here in St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko, who many believe would be an immediate help to a Blues team that at times struggled for offense, has landed at number 14 on ESPN’s “Top 20 Prospects Outside The NHL.” Playing for St. Petersburg SKA during the lockout, Tarasenko has impressed scouts and writers alike, putting up 11 points (six goals, 5 assists) in just six KHL games thus far. He is the fourth highest right wing prospect on this list, and as a mid-first round pick (number 16), Tarasenko’s value was much higher than expected at draft day in 2010. Along with 2011 first-round pick Jaden Schwartz, Tarasenko is expected to lead the next surge of Blues forwards to play along the dynamic defensive pairing of Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo. Look for the ESPN insider article at this link to check out the other prospects who made the cut.

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