Oilers Pick at 10: Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson

Ranked

  • Redline Report: 6
  • ISS:4
  • Bob McKenzie: 10

Elite Prospects: An offensive type of player that skates very well, has fine technical skills, excellent hockey sense and a nose for the net. Pääjärvi is very dangerous one-on-one and also a gifted playmaker, although his sniper instinct is more obvious. Pääjärvi always puts up a lot of points. Needs to improve his defensive game as well as work ethic.

The knock on him is that he hasn’t delivered the offense expected at this point in his career. Desjardins’ NHLE: 9-13-22. He’s 6.01, 203.

“Magnus perhaps is the stereotype of the skilled Swede coming over here in recent years – outside speed extraordinaire, ability to freeze defenders and make all his good moves work even more effectively. He was a good contributor to his team at the World Junior tournament and I think will be an essential member of any NHL team in years to come.”- E.J. McGuire, Director of Central Scouting

“He loves to dangle and is arguably one of the most skilled players available in the draft. His ability to go from standing still to full speed is unparalleled. He is a tremendous puck handler, with great outside rush ability and an unmatched capability of freezing defenders. Extremely talented around the puck, it’s his play away from the puck that truly shows off his value.”- International Scouting Services 2009 NHL Draft Guide

And from the toughest marker, Redline:

“Swedish winger Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson possesses blazing speed and is the best pure skater in the entire draft. He’s also got good size and strength, and has been competing against men in the Swedish Elite League all year, so he may be ready to step in and play in the NHL right away.”

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