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Blues think Paajarvi could fit well with Berglund

Aug 6, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Magnus Paajarvi AP

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock doesn’t have a lot of new faces in the locker room this year, but one of them already has his creative juices flowing.

Norm Sanders of the the News-Democrat shares that Hitchcock likes the fit of newly acquired forward Magnus Paajarvi working with with center Patrik Berglund. GM Doug Armstrong says it’s a natural partnership.

“Paajarvi has had some history with Patrik Berglund,” Armstrong said. “I like his size and skating and I have to believe –and my hope is — there’s a huge hunger there for him to start to define his career.”

We’ve written plenty here about Paajarvi’s arrival in St. Louis but having him on a line with a playmaker like Berglund provides the opportunity he needs to spark his career. One thing Hitchcock likes about his team is how there are many interchangeable parts.

“We’ve got flexibility all through our lineup,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can play center and a lot of guys that can pay wing.”

His biggest struggle will be to find the combinations that help spark a Blues offense that lacks a dominant scorer.

  1. Sean J - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I’m not sure I buy Berglund as a “play-maker.” Yes< he can score goals and I think he'd score even more from the wing, but hopefully I'm wrong and he's able to gel with Paajarvi and create some offense. That the pair has a history from Nationals is definitely a plus. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Swede's can do together.

  2. cardsandbluesforever - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I’ve never seen anything out of Berglund that really impresses me. yes he’s big, but on all other stats he’s average. hopefully playing with paajarvi will bring a spark to get the fire going.

  3. beaver15 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Berglund’s on a one year deal. He’ll want to be on his very best this year. It’s like a cash in or cash out season for him

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