With the way injuries have piled up for St. Louis this season, the Blues need all the help they can get from anyone willing to step up and take a piece of the spotlight. Wednesday night that was 22-year-old Dmitrij Jaskin, who flashed his goal scoring potential en route to an impressive game-winner against Detroit.
Past the midway mark of the third period, Jaskin was in the Blues zone backchecking. He helped recover the puck, passed it to defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and started to pick up speed as he cut up ice. Pietrangelo made a quick pass to David Backes, who then moved the puck into the middle of the ice onto the tape of Jaskin, who was flying through the neutral zone.
It’s hard to blame Mrazek for committing to making that stop off of Jaskin’s backhand. Coming into Thursday, Jaskin had two goals in 44 games, so he’s not exactly the player Mrazek had pegged for an outside-inside power move within feet of the net.
Jaskin, a second-round pick, 41st overall, in 2011, has been up and down between the Blues and AHL Chicago Wolves over the past two seasons, but has found his way into the St. Louis lineup more often than not this season. His goal Thursday, though, came after he had spent two games watching from the sidelines as a healthy scratch.
The goal gives Jaskin three on the season and 10 points in 44 outings. There’s been a big step back in offensive production for Jaskin this campaign, though. In 2014-15, he netted 13 goals and 18 points in 54 games. The downturn in scoring has shown in Jaskin’s ice time: he’s averaging little more than 12 minutes per game, down nearly 1:30 from 2014-15’s average ice time.