Forever linked as the St. Louis Blues' two first-round picks in the 2010 draft, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz have found special ways to introduce themselves to the NHL.
Tarasenko scored two goals on his first two NHL shots Saturday --just as Schwartz did last season. Schwartz's came in separate games, but the feats are still remarkable.
"I was a little nervous before the game, but now I'm happy to be here," Tarasenko said after the game. "I want to say thanks to my teammates for their help. They help me so much."
The pair of promising young forwards were two of eight home-grown first-round draft picks in the lineup for the Blues.
"Yeah it's cool," Schwartz said. "I met him at the draft and it's kind of neat no that we're here playing together. I know he's real excited and I am, too."
Tarasenko displayed a lot of that excitement after becoming the 14th player in Blues history to score a goal in his NHL debut. He broke in alone and beat Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard with a quick wrist shot.
Tarasenko added to the magic with his second goal of the night on his second shot just 29 seconds into the second period.
The 21-year-old winger had 14 goals and 31 points in 31 games in the Kontinental Hockey League, which featured current and former NHL talent along with the top players in Russia.
Blues rookies know how to make an introduction
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