Posted on September 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM
(HockeyStL) -- At 22 years old, the Blues think newly acquired wing Magnus Paajarvi is ready to explode in the NHL.
He was the 10th overall pick of the 2009 draft by the Oilers but in three years with Edmonton, the Sweden native scored just 26 goals in 163 career games. His 34 points as a rookie is more than he managed in years two and three combined.
Yet, despite all that, the Blues traded former first rounder David Perron to the Oilers in exchange for the Sweden native.
"I got three years of experience and I'm definitely in a way better spot now than the last couple years," Paajarvi said today after his first official practice with the team at the Scottrade Center. "That's for sure, mentally I'm in a way better spot,"
Head coach Ken Hitchcock said in the offseason the Blues are "banking" on Paajarvi's history with forward Patrik Berglund. The two played together on Sweden's national team so they believe their chemistry could lead to more goals scored.
Paajarvi thinks joining a line featuring Berglund and emerging star Vladimiar Tarasenko could be very successful.
"It's nice. I played with (Patrik Berglund) on one World Championship team and (Vladimir) Tarasenko is a pretty good player so it's nice to play with them," Paajarvi said. "You can't try to be someone else. You just have to try to be yourself and if the chemistry is there, it's there. I'm going to do what I'm good at and try to bring that to the table and hopefully them too, which I'm sure they are, so hopefully there's some good chemistry there."