The St. Louis Blues were a dynamic defensive team for Coach Ken Hitchcock last season. Their offense? Less than dynamic, finishing 21st in the NHL with 206 goals.
That's why Vladimir Tarasenko's decision for next season was so highly anticipated. Drafted 16th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, the 20 year old notched 47 points in 54 games this season in the KHL and scored 31 points in 20 world junior championship games between 2009-11.
His decision? Picking the Blues over the KHL, and coming over to the NHL beginning next season. From STLToday.com and Jeremy Rutherford, talking with Blues GM Doug Armstrong: