Red Wings: Breaking Down the Top 10 Potential Targets This Off-Season

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Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues

Could you imagine the boost the Red Wings would get if they were to acquire Vladimir Tarasenko? I can’t even fathom the step they’d take forward. His re-emergence this past season was very fun to watch, but from the outsider’s point of view, he has now become many organizations top priority. That should include the Red Wings.

Tarasenko, who has had a lot happen to him in the past couple seasons with injuries and not playing well when he is on the ice, it’s been a rough go for him. Furthermore, this past off-season there was that big fiasco with the Blues organization and Tarasenko regarding his role and value with the club.

Now, I don’t know if that got worked out but given this is a hypothetical, it’s all fun and games. However, what I will say is that this past season, you could see that he was healthy and ready to go all season long.

In 75 games with the St. Louis Blues, Vladimir Tarasenko was able to produce 34 goals and 48 assists for a total of 82 points. In other words, he is back and ready to go.

Having played on a second-line with the Blues, his goal scoring really put the Blues on the map. He was scoring consistently and helping elevate the players on his line.

Being able to feel out a potential trade to acquire Tarasenko would do the Red Wings a lot of good. Additionally, the prospect pool that the Red Wings have could make the Blues a potential suitor to begin with.