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Paajarvi to make debut for Blues against Blackhawks

Oct 17, 2013, 2:13 AM EDT

Paajarvi

After being reduced to a spectator to start the season, Magnus Paajarvi will make his debut for the St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, as per Lou Korac of NHL.com.

Paajarvi, a former first-round pick of the Oilers back in 2009, was traded out of Edmonton to the Blues in exchange for David Perron in July.

However, Paajarvi had been a healthy scratch in the Blues’ first five games – four of those are wins, by the way.

“The team is going very well,” Paajarvi told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m fortunate to be on the team. I want to be a part of it and, obviously, I want a bigger part. I want to play every game. Of course it’s tough mentally, because I’ve never been in this situation.

“But I’m going to just be patient, keep working. A positive attitude is critical I think.”

During his time in Edmonton, spread out over three seasons, Paajarvi scored 26 goals and had 58 points in 163 regular season games.

  1. jhaegs - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I’d still rather see Cracks or Porter…

    • Windmiller4 - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Not even willing to give him a chance? He wasn’t drafted 10th overall for nothing, guys a power forward, they take a little more time to develop. St Louis has the right style and system for him to develop well, if he puts in the work. Last year he was on pace for about 30 points, definitely wouldn’t hurt to put him in the lineup and see what he can do.

  2. jhaegs - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I saw him in a couple preseason games this year. If he’s on the 4th line, he doesn’t fit as well as Cracknell or Porter. That’s our high energy, hard hitting line.

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