The St. Louis Blues announced early Thursday evening that they had re-signed forward Dmitrij Jaskin to a two-year contract extension. The contract is worth a total of $2 million, with an annual average value of $1 million. The Omsk, Russia native appeared in 65 regular-season games with the Blues this past season. He scored four goals and adding nine assists, for a total of thirteen points. Jaskin also appeared in six Stanley Cup Playoff games, logging one goal and one assist.
Dmitrij Jaskin Inks Two-Year Extension with the St. Louis Blues
The 23-year-old, 6-foot-2, 217-pound forward has appeared in 139 career games, all with the St. Louis Blues. He has totaled fifteen goals and eighteen assists.
“It’s great to be part of a group like this,” said Jaskin. “It’s great to have the opportunity to be part of this team. To get the Conference Final, it’s a big motivation. You want to get there again and in [these] two years, I hope we’ll get even further. I’m really excited for next season.”
Due to a lack of production, Jaskin is considered a flop by many fans. On the bright side, he is still very young. Jaskin was considered a top prospect, after putting up big number in junior hockey. He has a big body, and possesses a wide variety of skills. Only time will tell if this move will be worth it for the Blues, who just fell short of the Stanley Cup Final this year. St. Louis lost in the Western Conference Finals to the San Jose Sharks.
Ben Kerr has described Jaskin as follows:
“Dmitrij Jaskin is a solid skater with very good speed, solid acceleration, change of pace, and agility. His stride is a little unorthodox, but it really doesn’t rob him of anything in terms of speed. As a result he can drive defenders wide, and cut to the net. He is very dangerous on the rush. Defenders must back off on him opening up opportunities for him him to unleash a great wrist shot, with a quick release. Jaskin also has good balance and the power to skate through checks and drive the net, showing some parts of a power forward’s game. He’s not really a big hitter, but he is not afraid to play in dirty areas, or to battle in the corners and in front of the net. Jaskin adds the threat of being a great play maker, with strong passing skills and excellent vision.”
The Czech Republic has named Jaskin to their team for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
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