As the 41st pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Jaskin is looking to make an impact in the NHL. The Russian-born Czech possesses a 6'2" frame and a unique scoring ability—he's a player to watch for in the future.
I had the chance to chat with Dmitrij about his hockey career so far and his plans for next season.
Still cant believe that everything happend so fast!!!thanks blues fans for amazing month with them!!!hopefully next year will be all season!— Dmitrij Jaskin (@DmitrijJaskin) May 11, 2013
Note: Some sentences have been rephrased for clarity.
What was it like to make your NHL debut last season?
It was just something amazing. I was sad and ready to go home after last game in Moncton, but my agent said I have to wait a bit and I could sign a contract soon. So everything was really fast, and I didn't have to much time look around—I just do what I have to do.
How would you say NHL play is different from international play? As an international player, have you had to make any adjustments to your play to fit in the NHL?
I don't think I need to change something on my game as player, just get better and work on everything everyday.
While playing with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, you scored 46 goals and tallied 53 assists in 51 games. What would you attribute to your success?
It was a special year for me because I got chance play in this amazing organization. A lot of people were surprised before the season because I made decision to go to juniors in Canada from pro men's in Czech, but now I just can say huge thanks to everybody who helped me in that tough and important year.
Is there any current or former NHL player you look up to?
I think a lot of players are close to me or I'm close to them. I think of (Johan) Franzen, (Milan) Lucic and other players. It's not important. Every player is different and special.
How are you going to spend your summer?
I'm now at Crete for quick vacation. After, I have to go back in St. Louis for summer practice.
Nicole Blum is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via private Facebook conversation on May 27th, 2013. You can follow Nicole on Twitter @blumnika