So ends the time of Magnus Paajarvi with the St. Louis Blues.
Ottawa claimed him off waivers today, as the Blues had put him there to make room for Schwartz coming off Injured Reserve.
I’m disappointed in Paajarvi’s overall time with the club. He finishes with just 19 goals over FIVE seasons. He showed real promise when he was acquired in the Perron trade with the Edmonton Oilers, in 2013. That promise occasionally appeared on the scoresheet, but not very often. Last season, he seemed like he was finally emerging as a productive player. He notched 8 goals in 32 games played. But this season, in 44 games played, he has a meager 4 points. And it’s not as if his playing time has suffered. In fact, he’s played a lot due to necessity. His ice time per game has been well over 10 minutes.
I wish for the best for him in Ottawa. This far into his career, however, I think he qualifies as a 1st-round bust.
In a way, I’m glad that decisions are being made by Blues management to address the grievous lack of production from some of the Blues forwards. I’m looking at you, Dmitrij Jaskin.
I for one, hope that Doug Armstrong can fortify this team’s forwards without sacrificing any of the Blues cherished forward prospects.
Thanks for reading.