The Russian NHL Players are the most talented, most dominant player in the NHL today. In the last decade alone, he has won the Vezina Trophy, the “Rocket” Richards, the Heart Memoirs, the Art Ross Trophy, and Con Smith, and, of course, the Stanley Cup. If Russia has not offered the biggest amount of superstars in the current NHL, then they have certainly played the most active part.
At least one Russian has signed for the Lord Stanley Cup every NHL season since 2015-16. For the 2010s, the only example is that a player of Russian descent was not included in the team that won the cup, they were the Boston Browns of 2010-11, and the Chicago Black Hawks of 2012-13 and 2014-15. Otherwise, a Russian citizen has been a factor in bringing the championship to the loyal people of his city.
THW took a closer look at our friends behind the “Iron Curtain” (in most instances). We’ve decided which top 10 Russians are in the Russian NHL Players today, and why. See if your favorite Russian has made our list.
1. Vladimir Tarasenko
One of the best goalscorers in the Russian NHL Players today, Tarasenko recorded at least 33 tackles for the St. Louis Blues in five straight seasons beginning in 2014-15. His highest output so far was in 2015-16 when he scored 40 runs in 80 games. Tarasenko is a St. Louis player who has a legitimate chance to reach 50 goals in a season that no Blue has done since 1993-94.
Since St. Louis won the Stanley Cup 2018-19, Tarasenko has finished second on the team in the playoffs with 11 of 26 games. He led the Blues to a 200-goal standout 76 times in the regular season with 33 goals in games.
Tarasenko was named to the NHL’s second All-Star team in 2015 and 2016 and has been in the top 15 votes for the Hart Memorial Trophy in three of his first seven seasons. Unfortunately, he has been slandered since the 2019-20 season with a shoulder injury and has seen very limited play.