With their second pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Blues chose Dmitrij Jaskin, a Russian-born forward playing in the Czech Republic.
The Hockey News caught up with him back in February:
The son of a hockey player, Jaskin has impressed scouts with his competitiveness, his strength and his willingness to finish hits. The fact he’s playing against men back home has helped those areas of his game.
"It is certainly better for my development to play against older players," Jaskin said. "I have no problem with either the power or the technical play."
One thing the right winger would like to get better at is skating, but he’s already contributing offensively to his Slavia team with three goals and nine points in 30 games. Playing an all-round game is important to the youngster and it shows in his NHL influences.
"I notice shooters as much as any viewer," Jaskin said. "But I also notice defensive players. I love to watch Pavel Datsyuk and how magic he is with the puck."
His father is Alexi Yashkin. Which on first glance looks like the former Islander who the entire league grew to dislike for being a jerk. But the K makes all the difference.
Here's the Hockey's Future take:
Jaskin is a big, strong boy and when he's on, defenders have a difficult time stopping him and he's nearly impossible to bump off the puck. He also has a mean streak, never backing down when challenged, which can sometimes get him into penalty trouble. Some scouts have also questioned whether he is always motivated to play, as he tends to be a streaky player.
With their third pick, they took Joel Edmundson, a big strong Western Canadian kid. So maybe the Blues were in the mood for some size after first drafting Ty Rattie who weighs 170 pounds after a big pasta dinner. Mean streaks = good. Streaky/unmotivated players = red flag.
Interesting the Blues went international, but not a guy playing in Russia (too risky?) or Sweden (Goodbye Jarmo).