Beyond Hope Now

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Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin has disappointed fans and the team alike.

I was very optimistic following the season wherein Dmitrij Jaskin scored 13 goals. That was in the 2014-15 season, and I thought, “here’s a young RW who could anchor the middle 6 for a while.” But it wasn’t to be, and in fact, I’ll say it never will “to be.”

Since that rookie season, Jaskin has 123 games played, and just 5 goals and 25 points to show for it.

That’s, in a word, abysmal.

The Blues’ third line, without Robby Fabbri and Patrik Berglund, isn’t very good. No forward on that line has scored yet this season. In fact, Kyle Brodziak is the only forward in the entire bottom 6 to have a goal this year. All the scoring has come from the top 2 lines and the defense.

Needless to say, that can’t stand if the Blues are to hold sway in the West and go deep in the playoffs. They have to get contribution, and significant at that, from the likes of Magnus Paajarvi, Dmitrij Jaskin, and Vladimir Sobotka. Neither Paajarvi nor Sobotka has a goal yet this season, either.

The Blues have been forced to give a lot of minutes to Jaskin and Paajarvi because, to start the season, an entire line’s worth of forwards was injured. Fabbri is out for the year, Berglund until December, and Steen was out until just recently. So all that’s to say that the Blues can’t be faulted for playing non-producers.

I don’t have much hope anymore that Jaskin will be a point-producer in the NHL. He’s certainly serviceable – he had a very nice pass to set up Jaden Schwartz on of his 3 goals the other night, but a legit 2nd-liner? No way, Jose.

Paajarvi flashed  his ability late last season. He scored at a 20-goal pace, and that had me optimistic he could replicate that over a full season. But here we are 8 games in, and he has zero points.

Shame about it. There’s time for both Jaskin and Paajarvi to turn things around, but if not, we’re likely looking at the last of their time in the Note.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Yeo(man), what’s your depth?

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New Blues forward Brayden Schenn plays in a preseason game vs the Capitals.

Wow. The regular season hasn’t yet begun, and the Blues depth, across the roster, is being severely tested.

On the blueline it’s Jay Bouwmeester who’s down for a time. His steadiness isn’t easily replaced, but there is depth from which to choose. Nate Prosser is a veteran familiar with Coach Yeo, and Jake Walman and  Vince Dunn both look to make the club, at least out of camp.

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Camp Surprise – Samuel Blais

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Training camps in the NHL can be odd. Sometimes there are players that surprise, that emerge from obscurity and open a bunch of eyes, score a bunch of goals in scrimmages and preseason games. But more often than not, players perform pretty much as expected. Teams go into the season with the same roster they anticipated going into camp.

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