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Blues call up QMJHL scoring sensation Jaskin

Apr 9, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues have brought another talented young forward into the mix, recalling Dmitrij Jaskin from AHL Peoria on Tuesday.

Jaskin, 20, was St. Louis’ second-round pick (41st overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and spent the majority of this season with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior league, scoring 99 points in 51 games — leading the Wildcats in scoring while finishing fifth overall in the league.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Russian-born Czech had been assigned to Peoria but never actually got a game in with the Rivermen, as there were immigration issues.

“He’s a big power forward and he’s got skill,” Blues director of scouting Rob Dimaio told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He proved that in the (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). He skates well enough and he’s smart enough that he can make space for himself. He was a dominant player at the junior level.

“You don’t want to put undue pressure on a young kid that comes in here. But our player development guy Tim Taylor says that (Jaskin) is a man. So physically, he’s ready to step in at this level.”

Jaskin will now join Jake Allen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz as St. Louis’ four active roster players currently under the age of 22.

Update: Jaskin won’t play tonight when the Blues take on the Preds in Nashville.

  1. sergeikremlin - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Jaskin is a Czech and has played for the Czech’s at all national levels. Just happened to be born in Russia.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Right, sorry, should’ve been more specific in the text. (Release referred to his birthplace of Omsk.) Changing now.

  2. bcsteele - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Alright, I wanna see the rookie line formed…

    Schwartz is a strong playmaker when he’s given the chance and now you got a skilled scorer in Tarasenko and now a scoring power forward in Jaskin. Give it two games Hitch…I just wanna see it…

  3. stevedurbano - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    No. make it the slavic connection with Sobotka at center and Tarasenko…. “All Power To The Soviets………….”

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