The Edmonton Oilers sent Magnus Paajarvi to the minors today, hoping some time in OKC will see him get his confidence and scoring touch back over the next few weeks. Paajarvi has always been the offensive third wheel among the gifted 10-11 rookies (Hall, Eberle, MP) but that’s a helluva crowd to run with and he could be a productive player in his own right.
- Eberle 1.79
- Hall 1.78
- Paajarvi 1.36
- Eberle 3.29
- Hall 1.99
- Paajarvi 0.67
These numbers for MP are a little misleading. He has three even strength points in 273 even strength minutes, meaning that he’d be on par with last year at six even strength points. Still, the guy isn’t playing well and looks lost compared to a year ago.
The Oilers would do well to keep him in OKC until he’s ripping it up, and it’s very important that he plays solid minutes upon his return. The Oilers have too many wingers, and something has to give. Should they end up signing Ales Hemsky, getting special teams minutes is going to be difficult for a player with the talent of Magnus Paajarvi.
It might be time for him to re-invent himself as a two-way player. The ability is there in terms of foot speed and defensive awareness, but his perimeter play will be an issue.