Mact's performance thus far.
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07-06-2013, 10:44 AM
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As a fan, the big concern for me is that the Oilers will move Paajarvi and simply create another hole in the line-up.
We do not need a defenseman right now. I'm am happy with the addition of Ference as a legit no.4 guy. The onus should be on J. Schultz and Petry to IMPROVE. Improvement of existing players is the most important part of seeing the overall performance of the team improve.
As for Magnus, he's our biggest skilled player at 6-3 and 208. If he can add 10 lbs of muscle, he'll at least be a threat in front of the net on the pp (which he was later in the season) and create a little bit of space for more skilled players (could be RNH and Eberle or Hall and Gagner).
Here's some food for thought on Paajarvi last season.
First 14 games: 2 points, -4, played under 10 minutes 6 times, played under 12 minutes 13 times.
Final 28 games: 14 points, +3, played more than 12 minutes in 27 games, played more than 15 minutes in 18 games.
Point being, I think Kruger absolutely misused Magnus most of the season. He should be a solid 2nd/3rd line player in the NHL. That means a 15-20 goal and 40-50 point producer. He doesn't fight. He isn't an effective hitter (although adding some weight will help him fight through traffic and win puck battles).
I see Paajarvi as a major solution to our "2nd line LW" situation. Bring in another similar player - maybe more grit - to rotate on the no.2 and no.3 lines with Paajarvi. We don't need a world beater.
I like Paajarvi as a third-line winger. I think he and Gordon could be a good pairing. And some size and snarl on the other wing, and you're off to a good start.
I would hate to start him in the top-six. I get the sense he's a player you don't want to let get in over his head, or he loses confidence and focus. Let him play some tough minutes in a checking role; I think he can handle it and it would be good for his development.
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