Magnus Pääjärvi

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Magnus Pääjärvi
Magnus Pääjärvi 2014-03-23.JPG
Pääjärvi with the Blues in 2014.
Born (1991-04-12) April 12, 1991 (age 23)
Norrköping, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St.Louis Blues
Timrå IK
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2009
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2007–present
Website Paajarvi.com

Karl Magnus Svensson Pääjärvi (born April 12, 1991), surname also known as Pääjärvi-Svensson, is a Swedish professional ice hockey player. He was a first round selection in the 2009 KHL Junior Draft, and he currently plays for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

Early life[edit]

Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson is the son of retired ice hockey player and coach Gunnar Svensson and Ingrid Maria Svensson-Pääjärvi, and younger brother of Björn Svensson. He was born in Sweden while Gunnar was the coach and manager of IK Vita Hästen. He uses the hyphenated surname in honour of his maternal grandfather, who was Finnish.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Pääjärvi began his professional career with Timrå in Sweden.

Pääjärvi-Svensson started playing ice hockey at the age of six. During the 2005–06 season when he was fourteen years old he made his debut for Malmö Redhawks in the J20 SuperElit,[2] and scored eight goals in eight games during TV-pucken and led Skåne to a silver medal. He also scored two goals when Malmö won the final of the Swedish Championship for sixteen-year-olds. The following season he got a more regular role for Malmö in the J20 SuperElit, and again led Skåne to a silver medal in TV-pucken.

In 2007, he signed with Timrå IK where his older brother, Björn, played for the senior team. He made his Elitserien debut on September 24, at age sixteen, five months, and twelve days, becoming the fourth youngest player in Elitserien's history. During the game he recorded an assist on Timrå's 1–0 goal in the first period of play. His first goal was a game winning 1–0 goal against HV71 on February 16, 2008, assisted by linemate Anton Lander.

Pääjärvi with the Oilers in 2011.

Magnus was drafted 10th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He was also selected 19th overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the 2009 KHL Entry Draft.

Magnus was announced to be a nominee for 2009–10 Elitserien Rookie of the Year on January 20.[4]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

On June 2, 2010, it was announced that he had signed a three-year entry level contract with the Oilers.[5] On September 2, 2010, it was announced that Magnus would be shortening his name for the NHL to Magnus Pääjärvi and will wear the number 91 on his jersey.[6]

On September 23, 2010, (his first preseason game with the Oilers) Pääjärvi scored a hat-trick and registered an assist for 4 points, as the Oilers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.

On October 7, 2010, Pääjärvi played his first professional game with the Oilers when they played their arch-rivals, the Calgary Flames. He scored his first NHL goal nine days later, on October 16, 2010, against Flames net-minder, Miikka Kiprusoff.

Pääjärvi finished the 2010-11 NHL season with 34 points, good enough for 6th on team scoring.

In the 2011-12 NHL season, after recording 3 points in 25 games and sitting in the press box for 6 games, Paajarvi was demoted to the minors.[7]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Pääjärvi was traded along with a second round pick to the St. Louis Blues for left winger David Perron.[8]

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2011 Slovakia
Bronze 2010 Germany
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2010 Saskatoon
Silver 2009 Ottawa
Silver 2008 Pardubice

Pääjärvi-Svensson made his international debut for Sweden at age fourteen with the under sixteen team during the 2005–06 season,[2] the following season he became the scoring leader for the under sixteen team.[9] During the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, at sixteen years and eight months old he became the youngest player ever to play for Sweden during a World Junior Hockey Championship.[10] During the tournament he scored one goal,[11] and helped Sweden to the finals when assisting Mikael Backlund on Sweden's overtime game-winning goal against Russia in the semifinal.[12]

Magnus played in the 2010 World Championships where he led the Swedish team in scoring[13] and was selected to the tournament all-star team.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Malmö Redhawks J20 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Malmö Redhawks J20 20 4 2 6 6 4 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Timrå IK J20 18 7 15 22 6
2007–08 Timrå IK SEL 35 1 2 3 2 11 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Timrå IK J20 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Timrå IK SEL 50 7 10 17 4 7 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Timrå IK SEL 49 12 17 29 6 5 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 15 19 34 16
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 2 6 8 4
2011–12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 7 18 25 4 14 2 9 11 2
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 38 4 16 20 10
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 42 9 7 16 14
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 6 6 12 6
NHL totals 218 32 38 70 40
SEL totals 134 20 29 49 12 23 1 1 2 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Sweden WJC Silver medal icon.svg 6 1 1 2 0
2008 Sweden WJC18 4th 6 4 6 10 6
2009 Sweden WJC Silver medal icon.svg 6 2 5 7 6
2009 Sweden WJC18 5th 6 6 6 12 0
2010 Sweden WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 6 3 7 10 2
2010 Sweden WC Bronze medal icon.svg 9 5 4 9 2
2011 Sweden WC Silver medal icon.svg 9 2 5 7 2
Junior totals 30 16 24 30 14
Senior totals 18 7 9 16 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Meltzer (2008-11-07). "Swedish prodigy Paajarvi could be top-5 pick". NHL.com NHL Entry Draft. the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b Liljerås, Viktor (2008-12-26). "Jag är säker - vi tar guld". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Magnus Paajarvi". Edmonton Oilers. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  4. ^ Feltenmark, Anders (2010-01-20). "Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson, årets rookiekandidat". Svenska Ishockeyförbundet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Oilers sign Pääjarvi-Svensson". Edmonton Oilers. 2010-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Oilers' Paajarvi Decides to Enter NHL with Shortened Name". 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  7. ^ "Oilers assign Paajarvi to Barons". Edmonton Oilers. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  8. ^ "David Perron Traded To Oilers For Magnus Paajarvi And A Draft Pick". BleedinBlue.com. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  9. ^ "21. MAGNUS SVENSSON PÄÄJÄRVI". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2009-01-03. [dead link]
  10. ^ Feltenmark, Anders (2007-12-17). "Magnus Svensson Pääjärvi blir Sveriges yngste JVM-spelare" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2008-02-23. [dead link]
  11. ^ "PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  12. ^ "PLAY-OFF ROUND SEMIFINALS GAME 28" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  13. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  14. ^ "Media All Stars" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jordan Eberle
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Taylor Hall