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Let Tarasenko Dominate Your League

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

With the regular season just days away, it’s time to begin thinking about your DraftKings Fantasy Hockey games again.

And like last season, what kind of Blues fantasy hockey blog couldn’t begin and end with Vladimir Tarasenko?

The 23-year-old forward is sure to be a cornerstone in St. Louis for the foreseeable future after signing an eight-year, $60 million contract in July.

Last season, Tarasenko finished 10th overall in the NHL with 73 points, fifth with 37 goals and seventh with a plus-27 rating. He became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan (1991-92) and the first Blue to log more than 73 total points since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03.

And the best part? He hasn’t even scratched the surface as far as his potential goes.

Tarasenko will most likely begin the year on a line with Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen, which was a particularly dynamite trio throughout the preseason.

Here’s the bottom line: if you’re looking for guaranteed production for your daily DraftKings team, look no further than No. 91.

PLAYER TO WATCH

The Blues’ lineup is loaded with great players for your fantasy lineup. The aforementioned Stastny and Steen are bound to collect some points alongside Tarasenko, but David Backes is a big fantasy threat, too in leagues that place value in plus/minus and penalty minutes.

But as far as newcomers, keep an eye on defenseman Colton Parayko. We’re not saying he should top your list as far as defenseman go, but he’s certainly a player to keep an eye on if he gets regular playing time. Parayko finished second overall in the preseason with six assists and has an absolutely booming slapshot. He impressed enough to make the Opening Night roster, and if he can get some good playing time, the Blues may have a keeper on the blueline.

BLUES SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Oct. 8 vs. Edmonton Oilers
Oct. 10 at Minnesota Wild

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