2010-11: Ivan Barbashev appeared in nine junior games with Moscow Dynamo and represented Russia in the 2011 U16 Four Nations Tournament. He skated for Dynamo’s U17 team in the Russian finals. Barbashev scored 3 goals with 3 assists and had 10 penalty minutes in his stint with the junior team. In two games at the Four Nations Tournament he scored 1 goal and was -1. In 25 regular season games with Moscow’s 1995-born team he scored 17 goals with 23 assists and had 46 penalty minutes. In five games during the championship tournament he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Barbashev moved up to Russia’s U22 MHL as a 15-year-old — skating for HC MVD — and played for Russia in three international tournaments. He scored 8 goals with 2 assists and was -5 with 18 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games for HC MVD. In four post-season games he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 25 penalty minutes. In two Four Nation U17 tournaments he had 4 assists in six games. Barbashev was the second-leading scorer for Russia at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge behind Grigori Dikushin. In five games he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and had 4 penalty minutes. He was selected by the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats with the first overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft and was a second round pick (33rd overall) by Dynamo Moscow in the 2012 KHL Draft.
2012-13: Barbashev joined Moncton after playing for Russia in the 2012 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and capped the year playing with Russia in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championships. One of two players to skate in all 68 regular season games for the Wildcats, he scored 18 goals with 44 assists and was +9 with 36 penalty minutes. Moncton finished second in the Maritimes Division and lost to Victoriaville in a first round playoff series. Barbashev scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -3 in five playoff games. In four games at the Ivan Hlinka he scored 1 goal and he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +7 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the U18 WJC.
2013-14: Barbashev returned to Moncton for his second QMJHL season and skated for Russia at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden. Playing both wing and center for the Wildcats, he skated in 48 regular season games; missing time due to injury and the WJC. The Wildcats’ second-leading scorer, Barbashev scored 25 goals with 43 assists and was minus-11 with 27 penalty minutes. Moncton finished third in the Maritimes Division and lost to Blainville-Boisbriand in a first round series. Barbashev scored 4 goals with 6 assists in six playoff games and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 in seven games as Russia won a bronze medal at the WJC. Barbashev was ranked 18th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by St. Louis in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with St. Louis in July 2014.
An all-weather forward, Barbashev doesn't fit into the tired stereotype often saddled on Russian players. He competes hard at both ends of the ice, uses his body and strength to make room for himself and his teammates and also has great offensive ability, with the playmaking skills and shot selection to take over a game. Like most multi-faceted prospects Barbashev is still working at putting all those pieces of his game together on a consistent basis but the tools are all there.
Barbashev attended his first training camp with the Blues before being returned to Moncton for his third junior season in 2014-15. He skated for Russia in the Subway Series and will likely compete in his second World Juniors in January 2015. The second-leading scorer behind Boston native Conor Garland as the Wildcats challenge Saint John's for the top spot in the QMJHL's Maritimes Division, Barbashev continues to be one of the league's top two-way forwards. While his offensive game is slightly less polished than some of the top prospects in his age group, his all-around approach to the game and consistency seem well-suited for pro hockey. Long-term he projects as a second or third line forward capable of providing some offense and playing in all situations.