Wednesday, June 8, 2011

E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120: Dmitri Jaškin #32

By Eldon MacDonald

32. Dmitri Jaškin - “The Bod” - RW - Czech Republic

Vitals: Size - 6’2”, 196 lb.; Shoots right; Born: 23-Mar-93 - Omsk, RUS
Team: HC Slavia Prague, Czech Elite League
2010-11Stats: 33-3-7-10-16 + Czech Elite playoffs 17-2-1-3-31 + U18 6-4-1-5-10-(-2)
20 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
21 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (5th European skater)
22 - hfboards Readers’ Poll
26 - Future Considerations Final Rankings
30 - The Hockey News per TSN
32 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
34 - The Scouting Report's Top 100 Skaters
35 - Bob MacKenzie's June Poll of Scouts
40 - ISS per TSN
45 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
Draft result:
41 - St. Louis Blues

Dmitri Jaškin was born in Omsk, Russia when his dad (Alexei) played in the pre-KHL Soviet Championship League for Khimik Voskresensk. However, Dmitri moved to Czechoslovakia at eight months as his dad changed countries to play in the Czech Extraliga for HC Vsetín.

Dmitri is a guy who illustrates how little difference there is between picks 20 to 50 in this draft. I had him in the first round for half the year and probably he should still be there. However, a combination of injuries and a just so-so U18 combined with some superlative late season performances by some of his peers leaves him just outside the first round (32 on my list).

The first thing you need to know about Dmitri Jaskin is he is already a man and played like one in a man’s league, the Czech elite league - his body is a physical speciman. The second thing you need to know is that he plays a North American style of hockey - he likes to drive to the net, he likes to check hard and finish his checks, he likes to play down low, he works hard, he is very competitive and he can be physically over-powering. The third thing is he still has those nice old-fashioned European skills - the nice hands, the ability to handle the puck, the ability to distrbute the puck, a hard shot (slapper and wrister) - skills that go nicely with an innate hockey sense that puts it all together. His only serious flaw is his skating; yes, he can get where he wants to go but a little more acceleration and this guy would be challenging for top 10 rather than challenging for late first round.

So, there you have it, the big guy you want who lacks a little foot speed - 21 to 43 in the rankings - closer to 21 if your team believes it can improve his skating. This guy has about the same potential as Zibanejad but is less likely to reach it because of his current level of skating , definitely worth the gamble on a team’s second pick.


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