|Date of Birth||12/13/1991|
|Height, Weight||6'0", 219 lbs|
|Drafted||2010 - Rd 1 (16th Overall) by STL|
|1||I have no idea what to expect from the Blues this season|
|2||It’s now or never for Dmitrij Jaskin|
|3||Five NHL teams who have improved the most so far this summer|
|4||Paul Stastny needs to prove he’s worth a new deal|
|5||Klim Kostin signs three-year, entry-level deal with the Blues|
Despite reports to the contrary Monday, GM Doug Armstrong said that Tarasenko (undisclosed) will not require surgery during Tuesday's end-of-season media session, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
There's still no indication as to the nature of Tarasenko's injury, but Armstrong confirmed that the sniper "has issues" physically. In the aforementioned report, Tarasenko was ruled out of the ongoing IIHF World Championship due to the surgery, so now it's unclear whether he will make the trip across the Atlantic to represent his country.
Russian coach Oleg Znarok indicated Monday that he called Tarasenko's (Russian-based) agent and was told the star forward will require offseason surgery for an injury he played with during the postseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Tarasenko is expected to undergo an exit medical exam either Monday or Tuesday, at which point an official word on any injury and a potential surgical procedure would likely surface. At the very least, it appears Tarasenko will not join the Russian team at the IIHF World Championship. Unless the issue turns out to be serious, an offseason operation likely won't impact his availability for the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign.
Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night, tying their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Tarasenko, who scored 39 goals in the regular season, had scored just once in the Blues' first five playoff games.
Tarasenko tallied two goals, including one on the power play and the game-winner, and six shots in a 3-2 victory during Game 2 of the second round versus the Predators on Friday.
The 25-year-old has been relatively quiet this postseason, recording a goal and three points in the first six games, but maybe this will be his breakout performance. This is his first multi-point game of the playoffs. Last postseason, Tarasenko had two multi-goal games and four multi-point contests.