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Draft Profile: Dmitri Jaskin

Dmitri Jaskin (Via

Dmitri Jaskin (Via

The Rangers currently have five defensemen under the age of 28 on their roster and two more top prospects on the way, so it’s very likely New York will be looking to add some offensive firepower with its first-round pick, No. 15 overall in the NHL Draft.

Between now and June 24th, we’ll take a look at some of the forwards that the Rangers might be thinking about taking on draft day.  Today, we look at…

Dmitri Jaskin

HT: 6-2

WT: 196

Pos: RW

Shoots: L

Birthday: 3/23/93

Team: Slavia, Cze.

2009-2010 stats: 13g, 10a, 40gp, 67PIM (Slavia, Jr.)

2010-2011 stats: 3g, 7a, 33gp, 16PIM, +4

2010-2011 playoffs: N/A profile > 



The Hockey News: 30

CSS: 5 Midterm Rank: 5 (European)


TSN: 35 Midterm Rank: 43 

TSN (Craig Button): N/A 

The Scouting Report: 34 Midterm Rank: 23 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch: N/A 

Corey Pronman: 20 



Highlight Reel > 


What They’re Saying:

THN – “Czech Republic hockey has had a rough go of late when it comes to prospects, but Dmitri Jaskin is at the head of a resurgence.  The big banger of a right winger played against men in the top Czech league this season and held his own.  Born in Russia, Jaskin’s father was a pro player in the Czech league and the son grew up there from the age of six months.  He missed the WJC due to a knee injury, but his profile is still high for someone playing in a league with few other prospects.  ‘He’s strong, has good size, competes, finishes his hits and uses his body well,’ said one scout.  ‘And the frame is good; you can build on it.’  Skating and the quickness of his first step are two areas Jaskin needs to improve upon, but with his size and competitive nature, he brings a lot to the table.  Plus, he’s at his best in traffic.  The Calgary Hitmen own his CHL rights and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him join them next year.”

The Scouting Report – “Jaskin is a tough player to get a read on as he has a tremendous skill-set, but doesn’t bring it consistently enough. The big Czech winger had an up and down season and had a lot riding on the Under 18’s, where he was fairly average over the course of the tournament. His season never quite took off after an early season injury, but when he’s on, he is a talented winger who can play with a bit of jam. His status as a surefire first round pick has probably come and gone, but there’s a lot to like for any team that is picking in the late part of the first round.”

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch –“Aside from the skating, this kid has everything you want in a power forward. He found the back of the net three times in the tourney and can really rip it, with a rapid release, heavy shot and good accuracy. He bulls his way to the dirty areas of the ice and has a nose for the net. We really respect his intensity and effort levels, even though he doesn't have the smooth skating stride and agility/speed that are ideal in a top-15 candidate. However, he protects the puck well and makes up for his lack of foot speed with excellent anticipation and a passion for the game. First rounder? Yes. All that remains is to discover which team is confident enough that they can fix some of the flaws in his skating to help him become the kind of player he has some real potential to be in the NHL one day.” 

Corey Pronman - "Dmitrij Jaskin has gone under the radar this draft season due to playing in the Czech Republic all year and not making an international appearance until the Under-18's due to injury, but make no mistake that this is a prospect who should be on everybody's radars. Jaskin is a very well-rounded prospect and one who projects well down the line. Coming in over six feet tall and with a well filled out 200 pound frame, Jaskin's physical game projects as above-average and may even touch plus when he's physically matured. He brings it every shift and makes like hectic on opposing defenders with hard checks along the wall, planting himself firmly in front of the goalie's field of vision, and a solid puck protector who loves to stiff arm and drive the play to the net. He has solid puck skills that are above-average for a forward his size and while he isn't a flashy player, he is capable of doing pro-level stick-handling and he can come off the half-wall on the power play and distribute. Jaskin had a hard shot which he doesn't refrain from using and has multiple weapons in his wrist shot and slap shot. His hockey sense is solid as well, especially from a defensive perspective which is aided as well by the fact he shows a notable work ethic in his own end and on the backcheck. His only liability is his skating tool which grades as fringe to below-average, although there's nothing mechanically wrong that I've noticed and it does look fixable to an extent."

Hockey’s Future – “One of the most mysterious and enigmatic players this draft has to offer, Jaskin was the player that most scouts were the most eager to take notes on. He started the tournament out strong but really faded after that. At times he looked disinterested and lethargic, which are the exact opposite adjectives that have been used to describe him for most of the season. Jaskin has allowed many players of a similar style and mould to leap past him and his status as a 1st round pick is now in serious jeopardy.” – “The son of a hockey player, Jaskin has impressed scouts with his competitiveness, his strength and his willingness to finish hits. The fact he’s playing against men back home has helped those areas of his game.  ‘It is certainly better for my development to play against older players,’ Jaskin said. ‘I have no problem with either the power or the technical play.’  One thing the right winger would like to get better at is skating, but he’s already contributing offensively to his Slavia team with three goals and nine points in 30 games. Playing an all-round game is important to the youngster and it shows in his NHL influences.  ‘I notice shooters as much as any viewer,’ Jaskin said. ‘But I also notice defensive players. I love to watch Pavel Datsyuk and how magic he is with the puck.’” 

USA Today – “Every time we see him he just fills the net. And he hasn't even filled out his huge frame yet, so there's a boatload of upside still waiting to be tapped.”



Mock Drafts:

Adam Kimelman, – N/A 

Mike Morreale, – N/A 

Steven Hoffner, – N/A

Deven Persaud, - N/A – N/A 

Gary Joyce, ESPN – N/A 

Mark Seidel, CBC – N/A 

Hockey's Future - N/A

The Hockey News - 29


Thoughts: Jaskin seems like a very intriguing guy.  He’s already built and has shown a gritty side in addition to his offensive ability.  His hockey sense and drive are not in question, but will they be enough to overcome suspect skating?  Jaskin is a bit of a project, and maybe less of a sure-thing than teams are looking for in the top-20 of the draft.  However, he has the potential to far exceed his draft slot.

Though the Rangers prefer to select from the Canadian junior leagues and the college ranks, they’ve shown that if the right European-league player catches their eye they will spend a high-pick on him.  Jaskin is another boom or bust guy, but the Rangers haven’t been afraid to swing for the fences.


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Posted by Kevin Baumer | May 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

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