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Hitchcock says he’s done his homework on Paajarvi

Jul 20, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

Ken Hitchcock AP

St. Louis dealing David Perron to Edmonton for Magnus Paajarvi left a few people wondering just what the Blues see in the 2009 first-round pick.

Coach Ken Hitchcock, who had his ups and downs with Perron, says he’s done enough homework on Paajarvi to know what kind of player he’s getting. Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat shares the story.

“I have a lot of people personally that knew Paajarvi, both in Sweden and in Edmonton,” Hitchcock said. “I watched all of his games against teams similar to us. I knew how well he played in the last 20 games. … I watched that very closely.

“But I wanted to see how he played against San Jose, LA and ourselves. Those were the games I focused on.”

Over those last 20 games, Paajarvi had four goals and five assists while averaging around 15 minutes per game. Compare that with Perron who had one goal and four assists in his final 20 games with St. Louis and you can see why (via small sample size) the Blues may have made the move.

Related: Evolution and analysis: GMs explain Perron-Paajarvi trade

  1. valoisvipers - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I think this was a deal that will work out for both clubs.

  2. letsgopens8771 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    There are plenty of veteran players in St. Louis to surround him with, and Hitch is a really smart guy. He will get every last ounce of good hockey out of Paajarvi. His meticulous analysis of Paajarvi’s play will make him a better player.

  3. eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Are you sure he didn’t say “pulled pork sandwiches”? *rimshot*

    • eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      pancakes?

    • eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      pancetta?

    • eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Pasta?

    • eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Pastries?

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    I think you’ve made your point

    • eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Pork chops? Pumpkin pie?

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