Ivan Barbashev

St. Louis Blues
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Fantasy Summary

Middle-six forward who can play both center and wing. Has good size and doesn’t mind engaging physically.

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 14, 1995
Height 6‘0”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 2; Overall: 33


December 2017 –  Barbashev has only played nine games with the Blues this season and has yet to score a goal or an assist.  In 18 games with the Chicago Timberwolves, Barbashev has four goals and four assists.  Barbashev’s projections were much higher this season; so it is a surprise if not a disappointment that he is not being more impactful for the Blues in 2017-2018.  Doug Abrams

August 2017 – Barbeshev was selected in the second round (33rd) in the 2014 draft.  I thought he had first round talent.  Barbeshev will be interesting to watch.  He had some fine NHL games in 2016-2017; but he also had some games in which he was not impactful at all.  In 30 games Barbeshev had five goals and seven assists in 30 games.  Barbeshev is on a two way contract. With Tage Thompson being NHL ready or nearly NHL ready, this season is critical for Barbeshev. Blues’ 20th Robert Thomas The 6-foot, 177-pound forward finished as one of the showcase’s top scorers, registering four goals and an assist in three games played. Doug Abrams

May 2017 – In 2016-2017, Barbashev played 30 games for the St. Louis Blues with five goals and seven assists. In 46 superb games for the Chicago Wolves, he scored 19 goals and 18 assists. Barbashev showed at the NHL level a rare combination of speed, skill, hockey sense, a scorer’s hands, and a mean streak. His approach to hockey fits the identity of the Blues. Barbashev seems poised to have a breakout season. Doug Abrams

February 2017 – Barbashev has been sent down to the AHL as the Blues head into their bye week but not to worry, he’ll be back. In 12 games to date, he’s scored twice and added one assist and has slowly seen his ice time inch up to the 12-14 minute mark. A natural centre, Barbashev has seen time on the wing thanks to his strong play. “When a player is doing a good job, you find a reason to keep him in the lineup” said coach Mike Yeo. Encouraging words. If he keeps up this level of play his days in the AHL may be numbered. Brad Phillips

February 2017 – February 7th is a day Barbashev will never forget. In a 6-0 blowout win over the Ottawa Senators he was gift-wrapped his first NHL goal courtesy of an Erik Karlsson turnover. The young Russian has mostly been relegated to fourth line duty playing with the likes of Ryan Reaves and Scottie Upshall and that’s likely to remain the case as coach MIke Yeo has stated they have no plans to move him up in the linueup any time soon. But for now the most important thing for Barbashev is to gain as much big league experience as possible. Brad Phillips

January 2017 – On the backs of an exceptional first half of his second AHL season, Barbashev received his first big league call up and saw action in his first NHL game against the Wild. Playing on the fourth line, he saw just over 10 minutes. He was held off the scoresheet but did have some positive contributions with four hits and a pair of blocked shots. On the draw he went one for four and managed one shot on goal. A decent start for the 20 year old and he figures to see some more time with Kyle Brodziak on the shelf for the next month. Brad Phillips

November 2016 – After an up and down first professional season, Barbashev is starting to look more like the player he was in Moncton. Through the teams first 13 games Barbashev has five goals and six assists which is most among Chicago forwards. Part of the reason for the early success comes from the fact that the Blues have more control over the Chicago Wolves than they previously had last year, leading to an increase in playing time for Barbashev. St. Louis will likely be content to leave him in the AHL for the entire year where he will get all the ice time he needs to develop. But if he can keep up his stellar play he may see a recall if injuries strike. Brad Phillips

June 2016 – After a final dominant season of junior hockey where Barbashev put up points at a 1.67 ppg clip, he got his feet wet in pro hockey in 2015-16 skating for the Chicago Wolves. Skating in 65 games for them, he posted 10 goals and 18 assists along with a minus-14, tied for worst on the team. On the surface those numbers won’t wow anyone but the 28 points were still good for sixth among forwards and the majority of Chicago players were minus so it’s not as if he was a huge outlier in that respect. The most important thing to remember is that he turned just 20 in December. Overall it was a learning season for the talented Russian, getting used to the professional style of play. He started the season playing center but was shifted to the wing, which took some getting used to. Barbashev also focused on the defensive side of the game, making great strides in that area, while still recognizing the need to continue to improve. He’ll enter his third training camp this fall and should carry much more confidence with him this time around and prove to Blues brass he belongs in the big leagues. With seven St. Louis forwards either UFA or RFA there is opportunity for Barbashev. He just needs to rise up and grab it. Brad Phillips

May 2016 – Another young Blues player who had a huge impact this year. Parayko may not put up the points that a Shayne Gostibehere, but he just might be a better overall player. He seems to distance himself from other young defensemen with blocked shots, hits, and a strong plus/minus, all the while putting plenty of rubber on net. Look for him to maintain a top four role next season. If he could find more power play time his value would skyrocket. –Matt Kowalski

March 2015 – Barbashev scored a power play goal in Russia’s victory of the U.S. during the World Junior Championships in January. While playing in the QMJHL, his offensive numbers have been a little surprising. He has racked up 95 points in 57 games in the QMJHL. He was expected to be more of a defensively responsible forward for the Blues, but it has to be nice to see him producing offensively. Matt Kowalski

June 2014 – Ivan Barbashev was selected by the St. Louis Blues at 33rd overall in the 2nd round. Originally projected to be a 1st round pick, Barbashev managed to slip to the Blues in the early second round. Barbashev projects to be a playmaking winger with great vision who will be strong on the puck. –Kevin Won

February 2014 – Barbeshev is a lanky playmaking winger with a playing style that revolves around his high-end ability to read the ice and maintain possession through good puck protection practices. Handling the puck and setting up teammates originate from strong hockey instincts and helps Barbeshev in his responsible defensive game as well.  The Moncton Wildcat forward has been impressive in his board battles and flair for walking off the half-boards wiring a shot on net. Brendan Ross


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 MHK Dynamo Moskva MHL 38 8 2 10 18 | Relegation 4 2 2 4 25 
  Russia U17 WHC-17 5 4 2 6 4 |          
 2012-2013 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 68 18 44 62 36 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
  Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 0 1 4 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 3 6 9 4 |          
 2013-2014 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 48 25 43 68 27 | Playoffs 6 4 6 10
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 1 1 2 0 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 2 0 2 0 |          
 2014-2015 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 57 45 50 95 59 | Playoffs 16 13 11 24 14 
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 3 3 6 2 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 13 7 5 12 6 |          
 2015-2016 Chicago Wolves AHL 65 10 18 28 15 |          
 2016-2017 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 5 7 12 2 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0
  Chicago Wolves AHL 46 19 18 37 14 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2017-2018 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 7 6 13 4 |          
  Chicago Wolves AHL 20 5 5 10 6 |          
 2018-2019 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 14 12 26 17 | Playoffs 25 3 3 6