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FORMER BLUES, CAPS DEPTH FORWARD WINS MVP AWARD IN FIRST SEASON IN KHL

When Dmitrij Jaskin left the NHL after the 2018-19 season for the green pastures of the KHL, he could not have possibly imagined how well things would turn out.

The former second round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues back in 2011 had his share of struggles for ice-time and relevance in the NHL. From his 2013 debut with the Blues to his last season with the Capitals who had claimed him on waivers, Jaskin was bottom-six NHL forward, a grinder with skill on deep teams. In August of 2019, the Russian-born Czech national signed a one-year deal with HC Dynamo Moscow of the KHL.

The contract was a boon for both sides. While Jaskin's line mate Vadim Shipachyov led the league with 65 points, Jaskin received the KHL's Golden Stick Award for the 2019-2020 season, the equivalent of the NHL's Hart Trophy. In 58 games, Jaskin scored 31 goals and added 32 assists. For a player who averaged 0.23 PPG over 303 NHL games, quite the improvement.

Don't look for Jaskin in the NHL anytime soon. The 27-year-old re-upped with Dynamo for two more years in April. Terms were not disclosed.



Source: KHL
MIKE OLIVSON
MAY 19, 2020  (13H52)
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