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.
2014-15: Barbashev attended his first training camp with the Blues before returning to Moncton for his third junior season. He skated for Russia in the Subway Series and at the 2015 World Junior Championship. The second-leading scorer for the Wildcats behind Conor Garland despite missing 10 games, he led Moncton with 45 goals and had 50 assists in 57 games, finishing the year +16 with 59 penalty minutes. Moncton was first in the Maritimes Division and reached the QMJHL semifinals. Barbashev scored 13 goals with 11 assists and was -9 with 14 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. Seven of his 13 goals were scored on the power play. Barbashev had no points nor penalties in the two Subway Series games against the QMJHL All-Stars. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Russia finished third, defeating Canada, 2-1, in the bronze medal game.
2015-16: Barbashev played for St. Louis AHL affiliate Chicago as a 20-year-old in his first pro season. In 65 regular season games he scored 10 goals with 18 assists and was -14 with 15 penalty minutes. The Wolves missed the playoffs, finishing sixth in the Central Division. Barbashev was with the Blues during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games.
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 played for the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2015-16, having the typical ups-and-downs not uncommon for a 20-year-old making the transition from juniors to pro hockey. Barbashev will challenge for a spot with the Blues' in training camp but with the depth in the St. Louis organization he may return to the Wolves to start the 2016-17 season. He is still working to refine his positional game and add the strength and bulk necessary to compete in the NHL and projects as a second or third line forward with some scoring ability.