The Oilers don't need Paajarvi to be a major offensive threat, if he can develop other aspects of his game he could have a major impact on the Barons and for the Oilers in the future.
“Maggy” was touted as one of the core pieces of the Edmonton Oilers rebuilding process, but after a couple of disappointing seasons with the Oilers and a dismal stint with the Barons last season opinions are wavering.
While some may have been ready to write Magnus Paajarvi off as nothing more than a second-tier prospect, it appears that he is beginning to find his groove with the Barons.
Paajarvi, 21, has registered a respectable 13 points this season. While he may only have two goals to his name, he has started to turn things around since being united with fellow countryman Anton Lander and the Finn, Teemu Hartikainen.
The ‘Nordic Line’ has contributed outstanding two-way play, and while their offensive production may be considered modest at best, Paajarvi and company have done an excellent job doing the other things necessary to win hockey games.
Perhaps Paajarvi won’t be the offensive standout some may have hoped, but his speed and hockey sense, as well as his proficiency in the defensive end, will make Paajarvi a valuable piece for the Barons and for the Oilers.