(HockeySTL)-- Dmitrij Jaskin has been recalled by the Blues, the team announced on Sunday afternoon. The move comes after finding out that Alexander Steen will be sidelined for Monday’s game.
Jaskin is joining the Blues in Ottawa on Sunday, and is likely to be in the lineup on Monday against Calgary.
The decision to call up Jaskin was prompted by an injury to Steen, which is expected to render him unavailable on Monday. Head coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters on Sunday that Steen is day-to-day with upper-body injury. The forward has played in all 35 games with the Blues this season, and leads them in points (38) and goals (24).
The injury to Steen first became evident in the third period of Saturday’s 6-0 win over Edmonton when the forward did not return from the second intermission with his team. It is not clear when the injury occurred, but the effects were felt by Steen in Saturday’s game.
With Steen sidelined, and forward Vladimir Sobotka in St. Louis rehabbing his upper-body injury, the Blues were short a forward for Monday’s game in Calgary, hence the reason they called up Jaskin.
Last week, the club opted to skate defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on left wing rather than call upon American Hockey League help. However, the team placed defenseman Roman Polak on injured reserve yesterday, which meant converting a defenseman to the forward position was not an option for Monday.
Jaskin, 20, has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 20 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season. The young winger has 3 goals, 6 points in his last 6 games, including a goal in Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins. He is currently third on the Wolves in points and second in goals.
Jaskin gained a bit of National Hockey League experience last season when he joined the Blues for a stretch. He has played in 2 NHL games with the Blues and has a minus-1 rating. Hitchcock complimented Jaskin’s game last season, and the Blues liked him in this year’s training camp. His size makes him an ideal player for the team’s bottom-six positions.
After Monday, the Blues are off until Saturday, which gives their injured forwards a break to heal their wounds.