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 24)
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 (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
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 left winger currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). During his NHL career, he has also played for the Edmonton Oilers, the organization that drafted him tenth overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Early life[edit]

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

Playing career[edit]

Swedish career[edit]

Pääjärvi began his professional career with Timrå in Sweden.

Pääjärvi began playing ice hockey at the age of six. During the 2005–06 season, as a 14-year-old, he made his debut for Malmö Redhawks in the J20 SuperElit,[2] and scored eight goals in eight games during TV-pucken, leding Skåne to a silver medal. He also scored two goals when Malmö won the final of the Swedish Championship for 16-year-olds. In the following season, he played a steadier role for Malmö in the J20 SuperElit, and again led Skåne to a silver medal in TV-pucken.

In 2007, Pääjärvi signed with Timrå IK, where his older brother, Björn Svensson, played for the senior team. On September 24, Pääjärvi made his Elitserien debut at the age of 16, five months and 12 days, becoming the fourth-youngest player in the Elitserien's history. In the game he recorded an assist on Timrå's opening goal in the first period of play. His first career goal was a game winner in a 1–0 game against HV71 on February 16, 2008, assisted by linemate Anton Lander.

Pääjärvi with the Oilers in 2011.

Pääjärvi was later drafted in the first round, tenth overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He was also selected 19th overall by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the 2009 KHL Entry Draft.

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

NHL career[edit]

On June 2, 2010, Pääjärvi signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers ahead of the 2010–11 season.[5] On September 2, Pääjärvi announced that he would be shortening his surname on his NHL jersey from "Pääjärvi-Svensson," as was hitherto written, to simply "Pääjärvi," and that he will wear the jersey number 91.[6]

On September 23, in his first pre-season game with Edmonton, Pääjärvi scored a hat-trick and registered an assist for four points as the Oilers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5–2. On October 7, Pääjärvi made his NHL regular season debut against the Calgary Flames. He then scored his first career NHL goal nine days later, on October 16, against Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. Pääjärvi finished his rookie season with 34 points, finishing sixth on the team in scoring.

In the 2011–12 season, after recording three points in 25 games and having sat-out as a healthy scratch for six games, Pääjärvi was assigned to Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.[7]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Pääjärvi remained with Oklahoma in the AHL. When play resumed in January 2013 for the 48-game 2012–13 season, Pääjärvi played in 42 games, scoring nine goals and seven assists for 16 points, while also spending further time during the season with the Barons.[8]

On July 10, 2013, Pääjärvi was traded, along with a second-round pick, to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left winger David Perron.[9] Later in the off-season, on August 2, Pääjärvi signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract with St. Louis.[10]

On December 29, 2014, the Blues placed Pääjärvi on waivers and, upon clearing, was assigned to St. Louis' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, where he remained until the end of the 2014–15 season.[11] Prior to his demotion, he had played in ten games, registering just one assist.[12] Following the 2014–15 NHL season Paajarvi became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The St. Louis Blues made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Paajarvi filed for Salary Arbitration.[13]

International play[edit]

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

Pääjärvi made his international debut for Sweden at age 14 with the under-16 team during the 2005–06 season;[2] the following season, he became the scoring leader for the U16s.[14] During the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, at 16 years and eight months old, he became the youngest player ever to play for Sweden during a World Junior Hockey Championship.[15] During the tournament, he scored one goal,[16] and helped Sweden to the finals when assisting Mikael Backlund on Sweden's overtime game-winning goal against Russia in the semifinal.[17]

Pääjärvi played in the 2010 World Championships, where he led the senior Swedish team in scoring[18] and was selected to the tournament all-star team.[19]

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
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 0 1 1 6
2014–15 Chicago Wolves AHL 36 11 18 29 6 5 3 1 4 0
NHL totals 228 32 39 71 46
SHL 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 2nd 6 1 1 2 0
2008 Sweden WJC18 4th 6 4 6 10 6
2009 Sweden WJC 2nd 6 2 5 7 6
2009 Sweden WJC18 5th 6 6 6 12 0
2010 Sweden WJC 3rd 6 3 7 10 2
2010 Sweden WC 3rd 9 5 4 9 2
2011 Sweden WC 2nd 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. ^ The Canadian Press (January 31, 2013). "Oilers send Magnus Paajarvi to AHL". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "David Perron Traded To Oilers For Magnus Paajarvi And A Draft Pick". BleedinBlue.com. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  10. ^ NHL.com (August 2, 2013). "Blues, Paajarvi agree to two-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ McCurdy, Bruce (December 29, 2014). "Magnus Paajarvi placed on waivers by St. Louis — Should Edmonton Oilers give him another look?". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ St. Louis Blues (December 30, 2014). "Blues Assign Paajarvi to Chicago Wolves". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773987
  14. ^ "21. MAGNUS SVENSSON PÄÄJÄRVI" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2009-01-03. [dead link]
  15. ^ 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]
  16. ^ "PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  17. ^ "PLAY-OFF ROUND SEMIFINALS GAME 28" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  18. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  19. ^ "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