Tarasenko has surgery will miss extended time

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery after injuring his right hand during last night's 4-1 win over the Predators in Nashville. Tarasenko's procedure will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and he'll be re-evaluated in six weeks. In addition, the Blues have recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Blues' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Chicago Wolves.

Tarasenko, 22, has appeared in 64 games this season, ranking sixth on the club with 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists), while his +20 rating shares 18th among forwards overall. Currently in his second National Hockey League (NHL) season, the 6'0, 219-pound forward has accumulated 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 102 career games. The Yaroslavl, Russia native was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2010 Entry Draft.

Jaskin, 20, has dressed in 42 games for Chicago this season, ranking third on the club with 29 points, including 15 goals and 14 assists. The 6'2, 196-pound forward has also made nine appearances for the Blues, posting two points, including his first career National Hockey League (NHL) goal on Dec. 28 vs. Chicago. The Omsk, Russia native was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2011 Entry Draft.


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