Just like those who ventured westward in the 1800s to make a new life for themselves, the Blues head west with an opportunity to make new life for them in the playoff chase.
The Blues’ offense is really, really struggling. It has been since Jaden Schwartz was out of the lineup for 6 weeks due to an injury. He’s back now, but the offense as a whole is not. In the 13 games since the start of the new year, the Blues have scored more than three goals only twice. They have just five goals in their past 3 games.
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.
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