St. Louis Blues Recall Forward Dmitrij Jaskin, Place Paul Stastny on IR


In advance of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night, the St. Louis Blues recalled 21-year-old forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the AHL Chicago Wolves on Friday afternoon and placed forward Paul Stastny on injured reserve.

The move of Stastny to IR is more procedural than anything; the offseason acquisition has been out a week, so after tomorrow night he will have been out the required seven days and can return from IR whenever the Blues choose to activate him. With his shoulder now out of a sling, Stastny could be back within the next week.

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The addition of Jaskin gives the Blues some flexibility with their forwards and provides insurance in case the illness which has affected the entire team over the past week finds another victim on Saturday. Considering the Blues’ usual strategy with bringing up young players, it seems likely that Jaskin will get into the lineup against Chicago, just as 21-year-old defenseman Petteri Lindbohm did last weekend when he was called up for a one-game stint with the club.

Jaskin may be a significant addition against Chicago, considering that he scored his only goal of the season last year against the Blackhawks on December 28, which was perhaps the Blues’ best victory of the 2013-14 season. His presence may allow the Blues to give a less offensively-inclined player such as Steve Ott more time with the fourth line, although Jaskin showed last year that he’s physical enough to contribute to a checking line as well.

Jaskin played in 18 games last season, scoring one goal and notching one assist with a plus-minus rating of minus-3.