Jaskin and the Evolving Bottom Six

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Dmitrij Jaskin filled a useful role and now will take his talents to Capitals’ AHL affiliate.

I’m not surprised to see that Dmitrij Jaskin was claimed by the Washington Capitals. While it’s certainly disappointing to see him go, the Blues have several options on their fourth line as it is. Let’s look at those here.

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Suck it Vegas

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You’ll be sad all summer, Knights.

To be perfectly honest, I’m relieved that the Golden Knights failed to win the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season. How would winning a Cup have been fair, at all? It wouldn’t.

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QUICK HIT: Great return in Shatty Trade

It’s getting late Monday evening, and finally, the Shattenkirk trade appears to be happening. It’s being reported that the Washington Capitals are acquiring Kevin Shattenkirk from the Blues for a 201 7 1st-round pick, a conditional 2018 2nd-round pick, and forward prospect Zach Sanford.

This would be a terrific package for the Blues. Long thought to be seeking a first-rounder, plus a prospect, Shattenkirk’s value has held up as other players have been dealt today and in the previous couple of days.

Sanford is a key part of this deal. He’s a tall centerman at 6’4, and was a 2nd-round pick in 2013. He’s played a couple dozen games for the Capitals this year, scoring 2 goals. Over the past 2 seasons at Boston College, he scored 63 points in 79 games. He will likely see playing time with the Blues down the stretch, as Fabbri’s injury has created space. According to Hockey’s Future, he could project as a top 6 forward.

I’m thrilled that the Blues were indeed able to get a 1st-round pick back. While I’m disappointed the Blues didn’t get a legit scoring center, this deal is a rental package, instead of the “sign and trade” the team tried to pull off with a different Eastern team a few weeks ago.

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