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09-15-2012, 01:49 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
He really came into his own in the AHL last year. Chances are he's going to get one more year in the AHL. At this point he's an incredibly effective checking line forward, but Edmonton has shown interest in developing his confidence in the offensive zone.
There's no reason why he can't turn into Hossa V2.0. He's got good size, he's naturally athletic, he's got wicked speed and he's got a good shot when he takes his time with the puck.
Paajarvi's value at this point is irrelevant at this point in time because it would take an overpayment to acquire him. I'm guessing a good young 2nd pairing defenseman. Talking proven talent here, folks. He's younger than Gagner and he was ranked way higher than Gagner on a lot of people's lists before he was drafted. Edmonton was ecstatic to get to draft the guy when their turn came around.
We drafted Lander a few rounds later to give them(They played together in Sweden) both a reason to stick around in Edmonton for a long time. Not because we wanted to waste some time/draft picks.
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