There are a lot of people trying to control their emotions when it comes to Vladimir Tarasenko.

They are cognizant of the attention he has received. They are mindful it could take the 21-year-old time to get acclimated to a smaller NHL rink and a larger NHL culture. Food for thought, to be sure.

But if first impressions mean anything, this Tarasenko kid has a chance.

"One thing you don't see in practice is how bad a guy wants to score goals," said Blues teammate T.J. Oshie. "And you see the way he plays, the way he moves without the puck, and he wants to put the puck in the back of the net every shift. He wants to score, you can tell. It's going to be exciting to watch him."

The excitement didn't take long. Less than seven minutes into his first NHL game, and with his first NHL shot, Tarasenko put the puck in the net and suggested his transition might go quite well, thank you.