Dmitrij Jaskin has been recalled by the St. Louis Blues (again), and fans have several reasons to look forward to seeing the youngster in action—regardless of how long his stay in the NHL is this time around. He’s appeared in six games with the big club this season, but has done a majority of his damage with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.
The Blues have recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Chicago Wolves. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 3, 2014
Through 32 games with the Wolves, the 20-year-old forward has 13 goals and 12 assists. Impressively, he also carries a plus-11 rating despite his offensive prowess.
At this time last year, the Blues weren’t quite sure what they had in Jaskin. He was in the midst of a strong North American debut in the QMJHL, but sometimes it’s tough to project how European trained players will respond to the rougher game on this side of the pond. At this stage of his career, Jaskin has cemented himself as one of the top prospects in St. Louis’ system.
This comes after budding into a bona fide power forward in the AHL this season. He has a serious nose for the net and doesn’t shy away from using his 6-foot-2, 196 pound frame in traffic. In other words, he’ll fit right in on any line in St. Louis because he plays a very Blues-esque game.
Unlike other young players in the system who have had to learn Ken Hitchcock hockey, Jaskin seems ready and able to provide exactly what the coach is looking for. He’s strong on the puck, solid in his own zone and has the unteachable knack of disappearing in traffic.
If he sounds like a marriage of several of the top forwards that the Blues can ice right now, it’s because he kind of is. Jaskin has that ability to pop out of nowhere a la Alexander Steen, but he’s a lot more noticeable on the physical side of things—he doesn’t hunt for hits like David Backes, but he’s no push over either.
With Vladimir Sobotka on the shelf until after the Olympics (at least), now is an excellent time for fans to get their share of Jaskin. He’s been recalled and demoted several times this year, but as one of the top prospects in the organization, he represents part of the future when it comes to the Blues and their roster.
It’s unclear at this point when he’ll suit up, but St. Louis probably didn’t recall him just to ask him to take a seat in the press box.