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02-20-2013, 05:55 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NASHVILLE, TN
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This is pretty much how I see it as well. His offensive stats will not help his value, but he has played very well lately. Since the Oilers have talent to fill the top 4 winger spots they need to develop some good but cheap bottom six players. So while it was not what was predicted he could still turn out to be a very valuable contributor.
As to Jon Blum, I'd pass. The 2010-2011 version had a lot of value, but his play seemed to regress a lot last year. I have not seen him play this year so I might be wrong but his TOI numbers suggest that he has still not really etablished himself. (Has he been hurt?) At 24 that is a bit of a concern. So while I like him as a player I would not want the Oilers to trade Paajarvi for him.
That said I am surprised that Paajarvi would be a guy that the Preds might covet.
Blum has been surprisingly good this year. I've been on the trading Blum wagon since he came to the Preds and had a regression type season when were hoping for him to be a huge talent. With that said, he's doing well and as far as an injury, I don't think he had one, he just lost a lot of confidence and unfortunately for him Josi and Ellis stepped up. Which I'm fine with, but I still believe he has good trade value and wouldn't be bad wherever he goes, if he does get moved.
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