Recently the Blues announced that they had signed prospect Dmitrij Jaskin to a three-year entry level contract. It was believed that the 20-year-old Jaskin would join the Peoria Rivermen upon arriving in the United States. The thought was that Jaskin would spend the remainder of the year in the AHL with a small chance he might see NHL action if the team needed help up front.
Evidently, the Jaskin era in St. Louis might begin earlier than expected.
As for Jaskin's actual arrival in the United States, it's been a bit delayed.
Armstrong on Dmitrij Jaskin arrival: "It's an immigration issue now. We're hoping in a day or two." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 7, 2013
In regards to where Jaskin will head when he actually arrives, GM Doug Armstrong stated he might join the Blues instead of the Rivermen.
Originally it was thought Jaskin would go to Peoria, then #stlblues. Now..."we might bring him right in" to St. Louis, Armstrong said.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 7, 2013
It appears the jury is still out on Jaskin's future.
The Blues are suffering through their fair share of injuries with T.J. Oshie and Scott Nichol missing time. Add in the fact Andy McDonald missed the game against Detroit with the flu and you have an awkward situation where defenseman Kris Russell skated on the wing. No offense to Russell, but he's not the answer at forward which is where Jaskin might come in if the current injuries on the roster persist.
Reportedly, Jaskin is currently NHL-ready. We might learn if this is true sooner than later.