The St. Louis Blues made a fairly significant trade late this summer, when they sent forward David Perron to Edmonton in exchange for young forward Magnus Paajarvi. Given the upside that Paajarvi does possess, the move was seen as a steal for the Blues.
Paajarvi has had some growing pains throughout this early stretch in his career. After appearing in 80 games in his rookie year, Paajarvi bounced between Edmonton and the minors in 2011-12. The 2013 season saw him begin to flash an ability as the player he could become eventually.
Could that breakout come with the Blues? We know what kind of skill set that Paajarvi possesses. He’s a quick player out on the wing and has excellent hands. He knows how to get to the net, and in 2013, we began to see him use his size (6’3″) more effectively down around the crease.
It’ll be interesting to see how he fits into the Blues’ defensive scheme. His two-way play has come along in his three seasons, and he’s improved as a defensive forward. Given how much he has actually improved that aspect, he should fit in quite well, and could make up a solid line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.
That will be a line to keep an eye on heading into the new season. You have a high upside offensive talent like Tarasenko, a solid playmaker like Schwartz, and another guy with high end offensive potential in Paajarvi. If Paajarvi is going to break out, the situation he’s in now could be the group to do it with.