The Washington Capitals claimed forward Dmitrij Jaskin off of waivers, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon. Jaskin was placed on waivers by the St. Louis Blues yesterday.
Jaskin, 25, tallied six goals and 17 points in 76 games with the Blues last season and has tallied 25 goals and 61 points in 266 career NHL games.
The Blues selected Jaskin 41st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.
The native of Omsk, Russia represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships three times. Before spending the entire year last season with the Blues, Jaskin bounced around the NHL and AHL in his North American hockey career.
He recorded six goals and nine points in 11 games during the World Championships last season. Jaskin also represented the Czech Republic in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey but was held off of the scoresheet in three games played.
Jaskin signed a one-year contract worth $1 million with the Blues on July 7. He can become a restricted free agent July 1.
The team may have claimed him as a reactionary move with forward Tom Wilson to miss the start of the season due to suspension. Wilson, 24, hit forward Oskar Sundqvist and will have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday morning. Just in case he misses a long amount of time, the team picked up Jaskin for more depth up front. He could take Wilson’s spot on the top line with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and forward Alex Ovechkin or could start the season in the bottom-six.
The team announced that defenseman Aaron Ness cleared on waivers on Tuesday.
The Washington Capitals have claimed Dmitrij Jaskin off of waivers, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Jaskin, 25, recorded 17 points (6g, 11a) in 76 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. The 6’2″, 216-pound forward set a career high in assists last season and recorded 207 hits, which ranked 18th in the NHL. In 266 career NHL games, all with St. Louis, Jaskin has recorded 61 points (25g, 36a).
The Blues selected Jaskin in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.
At the international level, Jaskin has represented the Czech Republic at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, as well as the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championship. In the 2013 World Junior Championship, Jaskin led the Czech Republic with six points (3g, 3a). Jaskin also played in seven games for the Czech Republic at the 2018 World Championship and recorded seven points (4g, 3a), which was tied for the team lead.
By Harrison Brown