Originally written March 30, 2013 on STLSportsMinute:
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St. Louis Blues rookie forward sensation Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals in the Blues' lackluster 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Tarasenko easily looked like the best player wearing a Blues' sweater, yet he still finds himself on the Blues' third line. Tarasenko played only 13:23 on Thursday night, compared to 17:43 minutes of ice time for T.J. Oshie, 20:23 for Alex Steen, and 14:40 for Andy McDonald. The difference in ice time is noticeable, especially considering that a couple of those other guys, particularly McDonald, are really struggling to create offense and make plays. It is time for Ken Hitchcock to find a way to get Tarasenko more ice time and the coach should consider moving him to the team's top line.  Sure, Tarasenko has his deficiencies on the defensive end and is still trying to figure it out in his own zone. But Tarasenko is noticeably trying to get better defensively and makes the right plays by getting the puck o...
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