2005-06: Barulin posted solid numbers with Spartak Moscow, in a season where he played in a career-high 36 total games. This provided an excellent developmental opportunity.
2006-07: Barulin moved to Khimik Mytyshi after Spartak ran into financial troubles. He continued to perform strongly, though didn’t receive as much playing time as in the past. His .917 save percentage was one of the better numbers in the RSL, and for a time he was indeed the league leader in that statistical category. The Russian national team is also starting to take notice of Barulin’s play. He played in the Sweden Games in February, and was also one of the back-ups on Russia’s World Championship team in the spring.
2007-08: Barulin backstopped Khimik Mytischy 11 games this season, finishing with a 2.77 goals against average.
Barulin has decent size, and by taking up a lot of the net, he often forces shooters to go for the corners. His glove hand is very quick, and he moves around the crease very well. Previously described as a hybrid goaltender, Barulin seems to be shifting more towards the butterfly technique. This occasional causes him to get beat up high, but down low he is adept at making pad saves. He is not the type of player who will lose confidence if he lets in a weak goal.
Barulin would reportedly require a one-way contract if he were to sign with the Blues and come over to North America. With their current depth at the goaltending position, it seems unlikely that the Blues would be willing to offer such a deal.