The Blues have assigned Dmitrij Jaskin to their AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves after a stretch during which the forward saw very little ice time.
Jaskin, 22, has been a healthy scratch in four of the Blues’ last five games and has just three goals, ten points in 49 games this season. The forward had been held off the stat sheet since Jan. 20, the date of his most recent goal.
Jaskin’s off year comes as a bit of a surprise after he produced at a healthy pace last season, netting 13 goals in just 54 games. The forward looked primed for a breakout year in the preseason, but had his role reduced to a bottom-six place card over the last few weeks.
The decision to send Jaskin to the Wolves will allow the young forward to garner more ice time as he will immediately become an everyday player in the AHL. The move will also save the NHL club some cap space.
With forward Jaden Schwartz back in the lineup after rehabbing a fractured ankle, the Blues were left with two extra forwards, Magnus Paajarvi and Jaskin. Unlike Paajarvi, Jaskin does not require waivers to be assigned to the AHL, making him the obvious choice for a demotion.
The Blues also made a few other moves on Wednesday, recalling goaltender Jordan Binnington, while reassigning goalie Pheonix Copley. Copley was recently recalled by the club to get some work in with Blues’ goaltending coach Jim Corsi while Jake Allen recovers from his lower-body injury. Copley did not play in any games.
This will be Binnington’s second stretch with the Blues this season, though he has yet to start a game. The timing of the transaction is interesting, considering Allen has appeared to be closing in on a return date. The club did not comment on the moves.