Magnus Paajarvi has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues.
Paajarvi, 22, was drafted 10th overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft and was a highly regarded player in his rookie year, where he posted 15 goals, 19 assists for 34 points. On July 10th 2013, Pääjärvi was traded along with a second round pick to the Blues for left winger David Perron. In his 163-game NHL career, Paajarvi has 26 goals and 32 assists.
Paajarvi hasn’t quite put all the tools together since then, spending a good portion of the next two years in the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons. In 72 games with the Barons over the last two seasons, Paajarvi has posted 11 goals, 34 assists for 45 points. This past year he was back up in Edmonton and played in all 42 games for the Oilers. He put up 9 goals, 7 assists for 16 points in that time.
Paajarvi is a big kid, 6’3″ and 209lbs and he is fast. He’s got incredible wheels on him for a big man, which should fit well in the Blues organization. He’s got a good nose for the net, pretty good hands and a very good two-way game. At only 22 years old, he’s got a lot of room to grow and has second line upside on the left side. He’s still needs to develop his offensive game a bit more and when he does, he’ll be a lethal weapon for the Blues organization.
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