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-- read more on about the driven Swede in my 22 August 2010 interview with Johan Nilsson of EP.

 2010-2011 NHL Top Prospects profile


 

10 - Magnus Pääjärvi

Edmonton Oilers, Left Wing, 6’3” – 200 lbs

PaajarviThe quiet confidence exuded by Magnus Pääjärvi is one that has been felt immediately since arriving in Oilers’ training camp this season. He is known for his competitive style of play that has allowed the Norrköping, Sweden-born winger to advance onto teams well before his birth certificate states.

The now 19-year-old Pääjärvi (he recently dropped the –Svensson from his family name for transition’s sake) was among the youngest players to ever dress in the Swedish Elite League as a 16-year-old. His speed and technical proficiency in all areas of the ice coupled with his dazzling array of skills give him an advantage over most any foe. He credits his Dad Gunnar and older brother Björn - both have SEL experience.

Swede MP

Timrå head coach Stephan Lundh radiates with praise for the former Malmo Redhawk and veteran of 134 regular season contests and 23 playoff games. "The sky is the limit for Magnus. He's a very skilled and creative player. Magnus has a good attitude and does his best every game and practice. He wants to improve and he likes the challenge."

He is most definitely improving; accumulating 29 points in the SEL this year may not sound like much (12 goals – most by a junior), but those who pay attention to more than statistics know that Pääjärvi’s acute hockey sense is what has also allowed his international accolades to rain down.

Bronze and silver medals at the past two World Junior tournaments seem far off now, when you consider that the youngster also aided his homeland as they captured the bronze medal in the 2010 World Championships; Pääjärvi was named a Top 3 Player on his squad, registered the best plus/minus ratio in the entire tournament, and was subsequently named to the All-Star Team – as a teenager.

His flair for the dramatic is impressive; Pääjärvi is now beginning to get the proper attention he deserves among the Oilers’ high-end prospects. He has served notice with an inspiring pre-season by scoring goals, getting noticed for all the right reasons, and etching his name on the second line with Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, all the while applauding his team-mates’ efforts.

Needless to say, head coach Tom Renney is pleased with many aspects of all his newest additions. The evidence is on full display in this video and article on the CBC’s website 24 September 2010. "They did well," Renney said after Edmonton defeated Tampa Bay in preseason action. "They have been waiting for a while and were excited about it. I liked the work habits and the thought process. I like the fact that they are sponges as well."

Magnus an OilerGM Steve Tambellini, trying temper his enthusiasm on 28 September 2010 in envisioning his youth making a significant and immediate impact. Forcing his way through the door and establishing himself as a top-six forward seems to have been child’s play to the motivated and gifted Pääjärvi; Edmonton fans will rejoice on the fact that he is just embarking an illustrious NHL career.

 

5 October 2010 / Robin Keith Thompson

 

 

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