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Team Europe: World Cup of Hockey Equipment Breakdown

Team Europe defied the odds and a lot of speculation to make it to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey finals. Personally, I didn’t see them going very far in the tournament but here they are. With Team North America eliminated (not making playoffs despite going 2-1 and defeating the top seeded team in the pool; i.e. poor tournament formatting), I don’t really care who wins. I’m just hoping for some awesome hockey to watch while we wait for the NHL season.

As we did with the Team North America equipment blog, we’ll review the sticks, skates, gloves and helmets.

Quick note on the equipment – gloves and helmets aren’t going to be 100% correct. There were a decent amount of players using pro-stock gloves, so I chose the closest existing line. As for helmets, we only broke it down as far as the helmet lines. So when it says Bauer RE-AKT, the helmet can be the RE-AKT 100, RE-AKT 75 or the original RE-AKT. The same goes for the CCM Resistance; it can be any helmet from the CCM Resistance helmet lineup, from top of the line to the cheapest.

Tobias Reider

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The 23 year old German sounds like he isn’t going to be reporting to the Coyotes after the World Cup, so we’ll see what ends up happening with him.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: CCM RBZ Speedburner
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Lights
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Nino Niederreiter

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Nino’s a Swiss Bauer man.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Marian Gaborik

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Sadly for some, Gaborik is out for the championship and the beginning of the NHL season with a broken foot.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Easton Synergy HTX
  • Gloves: Easton Pro 4-Roll
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

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The frenchman with an extremely French name will be exciting to watch in Philly in the years to come.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM Tacks
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Mats Zuccarello

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The short and speedy Norwegian is always fun to watch. It’s also equally amusing to see him standing next to teammate, Zdeno Chara.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor Pro
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Thomas Vanek

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Thomas Vanek will be headed to the Red Wings after the World Cup.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Tomas Tatar

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Tomas Tatar is another player heading back to Detroit.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM Pro Stock
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Frans Nielsen

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Also headed to the Red Wings. It’ll be a lot of fun to see this speedster join the team in Detroit.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Anze Kopitar

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Mr. Slovenia, the captain. Kopi is a Bauer man and such a pleasure to watch.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Marian Hossa

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The 37 year old Hossa is still a beast.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM 4-Rolls
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Jannik Hansen

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Jannik is a Danish 30 year old playing for the Canucks.

  • Skates: Jannik Hansen
  • Stick: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Gloves: CCM 4-Roll
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Leon Draisaitl

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Draisaitl is a young German who I envy because of his time playing with Connor McDavid last year.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Mikkel Boedker

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The speedy Boedker will be heading to help the NHL runner-up’s make another cup run.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert
  • Helmet: Easton Synergy

Luca Sbisa

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He’s an Italian-born Swiss citizen, so he’s truly a Team Europe player.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Christian Ehrhoff

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This  German defenseman cannot take a good picture…

  • Skates: VH Footwear
  • Stick: CCM RBZ Revolution
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Mark Streit

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Streit is rocking the new 2016 Easton Synergy GX!

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Easton Synergy GX
  • Gloves: Easton Synergy
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Andrej Sekera

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Sekera is going to continue to man the Edmonton blue line this upcoming season.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Dennis Seidenberg

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German, Bruin defenseman.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Roman Josi

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Josi is another D-man that’s so much fun to watch.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: CCM KFS
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Zdeno Chara

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Big Z is a Warrior man! And a big one at that.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Results

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Once again, the Bauer Vapor 1X are at the top of the list, but closely followed by the rest of the Bauer skate families.

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And the stick results…


Nearly all of these great equipment is available at the best hockey retailer online: Inline & Ice Warehouse.

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Team North America Hockey Gear: What are the Young Guns Wearing?

Say what you will about the World Cup of Hockey, but you have to admit that watching Team North America is incredible. The best 23 & under players from US and Canada playing for the same team is just plain ridiculous. These guys are the future of the NHL with their speed and talent, ushering in a new style of hockey. So we decided to breakdown what these guys are wearing for their gloves, skates, sticks, and helmets.

Granted, more than a few of these future all-stars are a part of a brand’s team so that will skew the numbers a bit. It’s still interesting to see if you’re using the same setup as some of these pros.

A quick note on the equipment – gloves and helmets aren’t going to be 100% correct. There were a decent amount of players using pro-stock gloves, so I chose the closest existing line. As for helmets, we only broke it down as far as the helmet lines. So when it says Bauer RE-AKT, the helmet can be the RE-AKT 100, RE-AKT 75 or the original RE-AKT. The same goes for the CCM Resistance; it can be any helmet from the CCM Resistance helmet lineup, from top of the line to the cheapest.

(Check out World Cup of Hockey shirts at IW Hockey)

Connor McDavid

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No surprises here. He’s the new poster-child for CCM and the equipment he’s chosen lines up perfectly with his style of play. Side note: his pro-stock gloves are most similar to the QLT family.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed Skates
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite Gloves
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Johnny Gaudreau

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Here’s a little bit of a surprise. Johnny Hockey used to be rocking the full Bauer setup, but here we see a little Warrior introduced into the mix.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Nathan MacKinnon

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Another CCM man through and through, MacKinnon is showcasing the brand new CCM RibCor Trigger ASY. And again, we see another set of pro-stock gloves.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger ASY
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Jack Eichel

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Absolutely no surprises here. Eichel is Bauer’s newest Supreme guy, so of course he’ll be all 1S’ and MX3s.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Auston Mathews

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Bauer’s latest addition to the family is the #1 overall from 2016, Auston Matthews. Expect a lot of hype about this Arizonan.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Dylan Larkin

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The fastest skater in the league, according to the 2016 NHL fastest skater competition at the All-Star game, is flying on the explosive Bauer Supreme 1S skates.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Brandon Saad

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Saad’s a Warrior man, wearing as much of their equipment as he can. To be honest, I forgot that Saad was still young enough to play on Team North America.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Sean Couturier

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Speaking of people who I thought were too old. Couturier is a mixed bag in terms of his equipment.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves:Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Jonathan Drouin

 

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I apologize for this picture of Drouin. To be fair, it would have looked even stranger if we didn’t blur out Gibson. It looked like they were having such a nice moment.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

J.T. Miller

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STX! STX! One of two STX players on Team North America and he’s rocking the new STX Surgeon RX2. The RX2 is the stick that features all-new shaft dimension designed to best fit the shape of the hand and provide more surface area for control.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: STX Surgeon RX2
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Nugent-Hopkins is rocking the Super Tacks setup with the QLT gloves and Resistance bucket.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Mark Scheifele

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Scheifele also going full Bauer at the tournament. Proudly displaying the new Nexus 1N stick.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Vincent Trocheck

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STX player number 2! Featuring the new RX2 stick with Surgeon gloves, just like the J.T. Miller setup.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: STX Surgeon RX2
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Aaron Ekblad

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Sadly, Ekblad’s tournament comes to a close with a mild concussion. He was rocking the 2016 Vapor 1X stick with Vapor gloves and skates.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Shayne Gostisbehere

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The Ghost Bear is a Bauer guy!

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Seth Jones

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Big D-man playing for Columbus is a CCM player, if you couldn’t tell.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Ryan Murray

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When researching, I found that Ryan Murray is extremely photogenic. Also, he’s a bit of an outlier in terms of the gear he uses. He has the popular custom VH skates, but still using the Easton Stealth CX with Easton gloves.

  • Skates: VH Custom
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Easton Pro 10
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Colton Parayko

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The huge 6’6″ Parayko is a fan of Warrior. He’s been using a sweet LE Covert stick with the classic Dolomite graphics which happen to feature the same North America orange.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Morgan Rielly

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The young Toronto defenseman is yet another CCM athlete.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM Ultra Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance
Jacob Trouba

Trouba’s picture isn’t available for widespread use. Hopefully after today’s game.

  • Skates: VH Custom
  • Stick: Sherwood BPM 150
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Results

The most popular skates are the Bauer Vapor 1X skates with 8 skaters (40%) and the most popular stick is the CCM Super Tacks stick with 5 users (25%).skates

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John Scott – What Does the “Fan Favorite” All-Star Wear?

Well, John Scott may very well be headed to the all-star game this year. Around 4 PM on December 1st, John Scott was sitting pretty at 56th overall in all-star voting. Now… well… here’s a picture of how things are going for him now (December 2nd, 12 PM).

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 12.19.45 PMTo cast your vote for or against, or just to watch this spectacle, Head to the NHL Voting.

It will be interesting to see if the NHL will intervene. Though, I know quite a few people who will tune into the all-star game knowing that the 6’8″ giant will be hustling from goal line to goal line, in an attempt to keep up with the NHL’s best players in the new 3-on-3 format. Let’s not forgot that John Scott is coming off of his breakout season in which he more than doubled his career goal totals and scoring with an impressive 15% shot percentage.

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Connor McDavid: What does a 1st overall pick wear?

So Mr. McDavid has been tearing up his young counterparts over at an Edmonton prospects scrimmage, putting up 5 goals (4 nasty and one own goal by the defense; but let’s face it, McDavid definitely planned it). Clearly showing his absolute dominance over players his age, the world is excited to see how he handles the show.

Now that Edmonton has a proven coach (proven, at least, to consistently get to the playoffs), a solid goaltender, and improved defense, there is no better time than the present for the Oilers to start making cup runs. Please save the arguments about Edmonton ruining 1st overall picks for another blog and I’ll refrain from referring to PPG production in comparison to players in the same draft class.

CCM quickly scooped McDavid up to join the CCM family. So as we dive into Connor McDavid’s hockey wardrobe, you should pretend to act a little surprised when we showcase his CCM equipment.

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Equipment of the 2015 Stanley Cup

Two teams left: the best of the best. We have done quite a few blogs that break down NHL players’ equipment choices. Granted, these players could be wearing mittens, playing with pieces of firewood and skating on shoes with knives taped to the bottom, and still skate circles around us. So, what’s the point of doing these blogs? There are a few reasons. Aside from the players with brand contracts, players generally choose their equipment. So for a player with free or relatively inexpensive gear at their disposal, players have the opportunity to find the best possible gear for them. That said, their gear choice is completely dependent on the players’ preference and therefore rather irrelevant to us. By taking a step back and looking at teams as a whole, we can start to see trends and tendencies of players. When you see many players or a type of player shifting toward one glove, stick, helmet or skate, then we have a statistic worth seeing. Also, it’s interesting to see if NHL players use the same stick that you do.

*Note: Players dressing in any one of the first three games were recorded*

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Stick Breakdown: Playoff Use by Position and Kickpoint

Here we are in the middle of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. For some of us it has been a stressful month rooting for your team; while for others it has been simply a relaxing time spent watching hockey played at its finest. Whether or not you still have a vested interest in the outcome of the playoffs, here’s a little something that all hockey players can relate to no matter the playoff situation, hockey sticks.

In the past we’ve done a lot of breakdowns of stick usage depending on the number of goals scored. This time we stepped back and broke it down a little differently. Don’t worry, we’ll still total everything up for you. See? Here you go.

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  • 55.4% mid-kickpoint sticks
  • 44.6% low-kickpoint sticks

Just note that these percentages are for the “top” players in the playoffs right now. By “top” we mean players who have acquired 4 or more points in the course of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.

As the best hockey retailer out there, we often get a lot of questions about which stick you should buy. Way too many times, people assume that they need a certain kind of stick depending on what position they play. While it plays a factor, the real deciding variable is simply the shooting style (for more information about the different kickpoints in hockey sticks, check out this blog). So, we decided to break down the stick usage first by player position, then brand, stick line, and finally kickpoints.

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NHL Playoff Goalie Ranking and Gear Breakdown

With the first round of the playoffs over, goaltending has once again been the most important factor in determining who goes on and who goes golfing. Let’s take an objective look at the top 5 starting goaltenders and I will attempt to rank them based on their career statistics and current play, while also highlighting some of the gear they wear.

Honorable mention: Jonas Hiller

 

Hiller has always been a good goaltender whom, despite posting a very solid .917 SV% in 350 starts, has managed to fly under the radar. Hiller has been dominant in his limited postseason experience, posting a .932 SV% in 32 games played. As a goalie who spends 99% of the game in the butterfly position, every team should follow the lame advice that Eddy Olczyk spews ad nauseam, and “elevate the puck”!  Continue reading

Hockey Brands’ Dream Teams

With the all-star game still fresh on our minds, we sat down and thought about different ways to group the creme de la creme. As the world’s greatest hockey retailer (c’mon, you know it’s true), we have brands constantly on our minds. So… we decided to make a dream team based off of the brands’ athletes; but we wanted to do more with it, so to be more accurate we created a brand fantasy line (C, RW, LW, D, D, G), and will make them a fantasy hockey league of sorts for the remainder of the season. We’ll be using Yahoo fantasy hockey as a basis for stat collecting and player positions.

We recently launched a section on our website that highlights NHL players and the gear they use. Check it out here.

Honestly, it was really hard trying to put these lines together as we had to pass up a lot of superstars. Just a note: we didn’t choose players based on the potential chemistry or how feasible the team could play together. So here are the rosters:

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All-Star Skills – What Did the Winners Wear?

Well the All-Star weekend has come and gone, and there certainly were some moments to remember (insert reminiscing). I’ll forego recapping our favorite moments and skip to the content. Personally, the skills competition is more enjoyable to watch than the game itself, so we decided to break down the gear of the skills winners: Jonathan Drouin, Shea Weber, Patrick Kane, and Ryan Johansen. Honorable mention to the eventual skills champion Team Foligno; though we are not going to break down each player on the team. Team Foligno, we honor you. Moving on…

nhl-skills-web-13It was hilarious and awesome to see The Phil beat out Tyler Seguin in the fastest skater competition, but eventually the young speedster, Jonathan Drouin, was crowned as the fastest skater. At first glance, you can see that Drouin is head-to-toe CCM. The jets of choice for the young man are the CCM Tacks Skates. Nicely complementing the skates is the CCM Tacks Stick held by the traditional CCM 4-Roll gloves. To top it off, Drouin protects the brain with the CCM Resistance Helmet.

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Gear Breakdown of Vladimir Tarasenko: Player of the Day/Season(?)

While not new to the NHL, Tarasenko is new to the spotlight. Vladimir Tarasenko really burst out of mediocracy in the 2014 – 2015 season, netting 20 goals for the St. Louis Blues thus far. I don’t mean to insult this young man’s first two seasons in the NHL, but this season starts the new chapter for Tarasenko. This young Russian is on his way to superstardom. — Also, being mediocre in the NHL is still an unbelievable accomplishment. — At this point in the season, the 23 year old is tied for second in scoring, tied for fourth in points, and sits in second for the highest +/-. So why is he the player of the day today? Last night (12/16/14), Tarasenko put three biscuits in the basket against the LA Kings for his second hat trick of the season. So, we are going to take a look at some of the weapons and armor that allow him to do what he does best.

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