Blues recall Jaskin from Wolves

(KSDK Sports) -- With Vladimir Sobotka out for at least a month, the Blues are bringing back forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Chicago Wolves. Jaskin, 20, has appeared in six games with the Blues this season, scoring his first career NHL goal on Dec. 28 vs. Chicago.

With the Wolves, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward has posted 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 32 games.

The Russian-born Czech, drafted No. 41 overall in 2011, was something of an unknown a year ago. But that was before he got his first taste of the North American game: He played just 51 games for Moncton in the QMJHL in 2012-13 but still ranked fifth overall in scoring with an explosive 99 points.

While still finding his way around the pro game, Jaskin is fitting in nicely with the Wolves and is developing quickly. He plays like a Canadian power forward in the making, and at 6 foot, 3 inches and 198 pounds, he has the size to make it happen. Averaging almost a point per game, Jaskin has great net presence and a quick release, doing most of his scoring down low. He plays a two-way game, although at times he can seem a little lost in his own zone.

There's a bit of stealth surrounding Jaskin on the ice, as he does little to draw attention to himself. If intentional, it's working, as he's able to lose the opposing defense and find the open areas. All things considered, the sky is the limit with the young Czech, especially when you realize he's just 20 years old.

With Blues leading scorer Alexander Steen missing time due to injury, Jaskin was called up to the Blues to play in their Dec. 23 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames. Playing in just his third NHL contest, Jaskin contributed two shots on goal and played in 11:12 of ice time. He played top-line minutes while skating on the first line with T.J. Oshie and David Backes.


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