23-Year-Old Right Wing – St. Louis Blues
Dmitrij Jaskin Contract Information:
Signed a one-year (one-way), $775,000 contract with the Blues in July 2015.
Jaskin scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Stars in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series. He skated on the fourth line, getting 7:26 of ice time.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Considered by many to be the Blues’ top prospect, Jaskin turned in a fabulous first season with AHL Chicago, supplying 15 goals and 14 assists in 42 games. However, he didn’t do much to indicate he was ready for the rigors of the NHL, as the 21-year-old collected only two points in 18 games with the Blues. It didn’t help matters that Jaskin only averaged 10:37 of ice time in those contests, but there’s still plenty of reasons for the Blues to be optimistic about his future. Jaskin has optimal size at 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds, a steady track record of production at all of his previous stops, and perhaps most importantly, he’s young enough to show dramatic improvement. The Blues will give him every opportunity to win a roster spot in training camp, and even if he only comes away with a third-line role, he’d still offer significantly more upside in that capacity than most.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Jaskin when he was called up in April. The 20-year-old Russian winger had posted huge numbers (46 goals, 53 assists) in 51 games in the QMJHL. The Blues struggled offensively last season which provides some hope that Jaskin could make the team based on potential alone. Keep an eye on him in the preseason-- he's worth a late sleeper pick if he starts the season with St. Louis.