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Getting to Know… Dmitrij Jaskin
Hailing from the Southwestern Siberian city of Omsk in Russia but recognized by his Czech upbringing, 25 year old winger Dmitrij Jaskin is a relatively new face to the D.C. area, having joined the Capitals in October 2018 after being claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. Jaskin joins one of the most culturally diverse rosters in the NHL, alongside fellow Russian countrymen Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, plus Czech natives Jakub Vrana
and Michal Kempny.
Beginning his elite hockey experience in HC Vsetin’s youth programs in the Czech Republic, Jaskin soon found himself transferring to Slavia Praha between 2008 and 2012 where he recorded 66 goals and 60 assists as part of the U18 and U20 teams. Jaskin also appeared on the national stage for the Czech Republic’s junior teams in multiple World Junior Championships and International Junior tournaments between 2011 and 2013.
In 2011, the NHL came knocking for Jaskin who was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round at No. 41 overall in the draft. Returning to his Czech roots in the 2011-12 season, playing 40 games for Slavia Praha, Jaskin made his Canadian hockey debut with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL as part of the 2012 Canadian Hockey League import draft. That season, he was named to the league’s First All Star Team with 99 points to his name
For Jaskin, come 2013, it was full steam ahead for his elite hockey career, signing an entry level contract with St. Louis in April that year. He was first assigned to their then affiliate in Peoria, Illinois but was called up by the Blues just under a week later to make his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks.
Although Jaskin spent some time in the AHL with both Peoria and then the Chicago Wolves, when the affiliation shifted in 2013, he received considerable game time and a regular spot on the Blues roster come the 2014-15 season. Jaskin played a total of 266 games for the Blues, including his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2015 and a career high 76 games played during the 2017-18 season. Jaskin was placed on waivers in October 2018 and the Capitals swooped on the dynamic Czech forward. Jaskin found himself in a Capitals uniform on October 10th as he made his debut for Washington against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Described as “a big, strong player with a mean streak who is difficult to knock off the puck,” Jaskin has brought his physical game to the Stanley Cups champions and has been a welcome addition this season.