St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald (10) is congratulated by right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) and left wing Alexander Steen (20) for scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) -- Hopefully today is just the first of many stories we'll write announcing awards earned for Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko. Today, Tarasenko was named NHL Rookie of the month for January after he leading all rookies in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists) in seven games.
Tarasenko edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Cory Conacher (3-6--9 in six games), Edmonton Oilers center Nail Yakupov (4-1--5 in seven games), Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz (2-3--5 in seven games) and Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (1-4--5 in six games).
Tarasenko, 21, made his NHL debut on Jan. 19 and became just the second player in Blues history to score a pair of goals in his first game (Doug Palazzari, 1974-75) in a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
He notched three points (one goal, two assists) in his next game, a 4-3 shootout win over the Nashville Predators on Jan. 21, becoming the first Blues rookie in nearly 35 years to record five points in his first two NHL contests (Wayne Babych, 1978-79).
Tarasenko closed the month with a four-game point streak, capped by his fifth goal of the season in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 31.
The Yaroslavl, Russia native was drafted by the Blues in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 Entry Draft.