Magnus Paajarvi was a fun player to watch during his time as an Oiler player/prospect. Magnus is a speedster with good size, so he stood out right away among Edmonton's smaller skill guys. He came over and won an NHL job in 2010, one season after he was drafted. Magnus arrived as part of Edmonton's truly impressive rookie crops.
That's a nice group. Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi and Petry should have long careers, and I wouldn't count out Teemu Hartikainen yet. The following season, Tom Renney had a hard time (by his own admission) finding a place for the fleet winger, and MPS (one of his nicknames, there are many including Magnum PS) spend some time in the minors.
A new GM arrived in Edmonton summer 2013, and that often means young and emerging players are sent away for picks and players who fit the new vision. This was the case for Paajarvi, who was part of a very interesting deal. Edmonton received legit NHL winger David Perron, St. Louis got a 2nd rd pick and young Paajarvi.
This season, Paajarvi is 46GP, 6-6-12 and playing 10 minutes a night. He's faced injury here and there, and a healthy scratch a time or two. In late January he didn't dress, with Blues coach Ken Hitchock saying "he didn't deserve to come out the last game, but somebody had to and it was my decision to make the change. But he's going right back in tomorrow. He deserves to play and he's played really well."
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Magnus is in the blue (good) with a positive CorsiON, he's miles from the tough minutes and zone starts. I think Hitchcock is handling him the way Bowman used to handle rookies, as in not a lot of tough minutes but no outstanding opportunities either. Kind of the "middle relief" role of NHL hockey.
Magnus Paajarvi's WOWY shows Patrik Berglund and some very nice role players. I think Magnus found a very nice place to thrive, and I wish him well.
Numbers courtesy Extra Skater.