The St. Louis Blues have reached an agreement to re-sign forward Dmitrij Jaskin to a two-year extension.
“It’s great to be part of a group like this,” Jaskin said after signing the new deal. “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.”
Last year, Jaskin played in 65 total games for the Blues. He scored four goals and nine assists (13 points overall) and a plus-3 rating. He also played in six postseason games, as he notched a goal and an assist along with five penalty minutes.
After the Blues were eliminated from the postseason, it was announced that the 23-year old Jaskin will represent the Czech Republic at 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Born in Omsk, Russia on March 23rd, 1993, Jaskin was drafted by the Blues in the second round (41st overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. Thus far in his career, the young forward has played in a total of 139 NHL games while scoring 18 goals and 15 assists in the process.
As his career is still in the pre-prime area (there’s still plenty of time for the full potential Jaskin possesses to break out), re-signing the forward is a huge plus, especially with the future of captain David Backes remaining a topic of debate.
Jaskin played a helpful role in establishing the Blues as a top team and sending them to their first Western Conference Finals appearance since 2001. They lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games.
He expressed his optimism both on social media and in interviews with the press following his contract signing, and summing up the mindset for the upcoming National Hockey League season.
“I’m really excited for next season.”