The Case for Signing Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson

In January, David Staples wrote about the Oilers being in no rush to sign the organization’s best prospect, Magnus Paarjarvi-Svensson. The idea is that the Oilers aren’t going to be any good next season, so allowing the kid to spend another season in the SEL and signing him next summer would be fine.

However, it looks like the kid is ready to push for an NHL job and losing a season of eligibility (he’ll be 19 at TC) is a small price to pay in order to have your best prospect signed and challenging for a big league job. Desjardins equivalencies suggest he’s ready.

It may mean the Oilers break camp with an all-star rookie cast (Hall, MPS, Eberle, Omark, others) or it may make it easier to send out Tyler Seguin should they choose him and decide another year of junior is the better way. MPS is playing in a WC primer this week and from all reports looks like the real thing. It’s time to get his name on a contract and see what he can do. Finding the level he’s going to play at in the fall will take care of itself, but arguing the Oilers have 4 better LW’s than this guy is impossible.

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