St. Louis Blues: Top 20 Goal Scorers in Franchise History

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14. Vladimir Tarasenko

Tarasenko has only been putting up elite scoring numbers for a season-and-a-half, but his clutch ability and pure skill as a shooter could soon make him the St. Louis Blues’ most respected scorer since Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan were in St. Louis during the 1990s. Tarasenko, who just turned 24 years old on December 13, really broke through during the 2014-15 season, scoring 37 goals to exceed his previous career-high by 16, while also adding a career-high 36 assists. He’s followed that effort up with a similarly strong season in 2015-16, scoring 18 goals with 11 assists through 30 games.

Tarasenko, who has 84 goals through 209 games, plus an unbelievable 10 goals in 13 postseason contests, still seems to be ascending, so his potential could allow him to become an even better player, which would be pretty intriguing considering the fact that he’s third in the NHL in goals right now.

Though there will never be another NHL scorer with the type of video game stats that Hull had–at least as the nets remain small and goalie pads remain big–plays like this one below make you think that maybe Tarasenko can be a modern-day version of Hull. The Blues obviously share that optimism, which is why he got an eight-year, $60 million-dollar deal this offseason.

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