Daniil Tarasov

Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo courtesy of KHL.ru

Fantasy Summary

Has the tools to eventually excel in North American pro ranks. Terrific in prior campaigns, monitor his injury recovery and subsequent performance.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country RUS
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 27, 1999
Height 6‘5”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 86

Observations

December 2019 – The Russian goaltender’s play has turned a corner in recent games following a disappointing start to his first pro-season. Since the beginning of November, the 20-year-old backstop has gone 2-2-2, allowing two goals or less in all games but one. He now sports a 2.51 GAA with a .907 save percentage to go with his 4-2-9 record. These latest numbers are exactly what the Jackets were expecting when they drafted him 86th overall in the 2017 draft. CBJ fans can expect him to make the move over to North America as early as next season. However, it could take him a season or two before seeing any NHL action. The 6’5 goaltender shows a high level of athleticism and ticks off all the boxes to carry a high ceiling in regards to his potential. Dave Hall

November 2019 – It has been a start to forget for the Russian in his first full season as professional goaltender. Playing on loan for Porin Assat in Finland’s top league (Liiga), Tarasov’s number are not those that he’s used to. He is 2-7-0 through 10 starts, and has posted a 2.84 goals against along with a .882 save percentage. At just 20 years of age, it is definitely not time to hit the panic button considering he has been lights out at each level he has played. The third-rounder is still touted as one of the top goalie prospects out there and should bounce back from this poor start. Look out for him early this month as he will suit up for his country in this year’s Germany Cup. Dave Hall    

 

May 2019 – Tarasov has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets. He lacks professional experience so do not expect to see him with the Blue Jackets this fall. With this news, he could debut in the AHL with Cleveland or be loaned to the KHL. Both destinations will serve him well and accelerate his development. Frank Pellegrini

December 2018 – Tarasov has been named to the preliminary roster for Russia in the 2018-2019 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) in British Columbia, Canada. Having posted very solid numbers to date, he should be the favourite to start in goal for the Russians. Frank Pellegrini

November 2018 – Tarasov is considered one of the top goalie prospects in Russian hockey. He was not at development camp this past summer as he was recovering from surgery. The injury caused him to slip to the Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. This season, Tarasov has played in 13 games for Toros Neftekamsk and three games for the Russian Selects Under 20 team. He will need at least a couple of years of KHL or AHL play to determine his NHL upside. He is in the last year of his contract with his current club. With that, he will need to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets if he is to make his way to North America next season. Frank Pellegrini

December 2017 – Tarasov continues his solid run in the MHL with a 2.07 goals against average, placing him in the top ten among qualifiers, and sporting a respectable .914 save percentage while tending net in 22 of Tolpar Ufa’s 30 contests. Kevin Wickersham

October 2017 – Thus far Tarasov has emerged from the tumor scare that kept him away from the game all last year to forge an impressive MHL start with Tolpar Ufa, including the 33-team league’s fourth-best goals-against average at 1.81 and seventh-best .918 save percentage. Columbus will continue to monitor their recent third-round selection from afar and look to bring him overseas a few years up the road. Kevin Wickersham

July 2017 – Tarasov emerged from 2015-16 as one of the world’s top goalie prospects yet dropped in the rankings due to a tumor in his shin, the recovery of which forced him to miss 2016-17. He’s a tall, lanky native of Novokuznetsk as is Jackets’ top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky who ironically grew up idolizing Tarasov’s father Vadim, a ten-year staple in net for Metallurg Novokuznetsk and 1999 Habs’ seventh round selection. Bobrovsky has been instrumental in portraying NHL life (particularly regarding Columbus) for the younger Tarasov. Daniil greatly impressed with a 2.11 GAA and .921 save percentage for Team Russia in the 2016 World Junior Championships and with Tolpar Ufa of the Maritime Hockey League, Russia’s juniors, sporting a .918 regular campaign save percentage and a postseason 1.56 goals-against with a .933 SV%. He’s a few years away from potentially jumping to North America, but can use the time to get back on game ice and perhaps add bulk. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2014-2015 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 3.57 .891 |        
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa U16 Russia U16 23 - .936 |        
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa U17 Russia U17 1 - .848 |        
 2015-2016 Salavat Yulaev Ufa U17 Russia U17 20 - .946 |        
  Tolpar Ufa MHL 9 2.55 .918 | Playoffs 2 1.52 .933
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 2.11 .921 |        
 2016-2017 Tolpar Ufa MHL 0 - - |        
 2017-2018 Tolpar Ufa MHL 40 1.85 .928 | Playoffs 3 2.36 .901
 2018-2019 Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 3 2.33 .915 |        
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 2 2.86 .917 |        
  Toros Neftekamsk VHL 25 1.71 .928 | Playoffs 17 1.87 .930
  Russia U20 WJC-20 3 2.80 .893 |        
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 10 - - |        
 2019-2020 Ässät Liiga 35 2.61 .903 |        
  Russia II (all) International 1 2.77 .923 |        

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