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[EDM/STL] David Perron for Magnus Paajarvi + 2nd '14 | Part 2
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07-10-2013, 10:41 PM
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Are people upset because they wanted to see Paajarvi grow with the team... or are they upset because they felt he could bring in more in return, whatever 'more' might have been?
I am sorry to see Magnus go, great kid with really good character who worked at his game even though I'm sure he was greatly discouraged after getting sent down to OKC. His skating stride was a thing of beauty. But... his game was still tentative. Yeah, he showed signs of improvement towards the end of last season but I think he still played far too gunshy. As he matures and gains confidence I think he'll manage to overcome most of this -- but it's just not in his natural makeup to battle hard. I really hope he does well in St. Louis, and I will still cheer for the kid no matter what.
Perron brings a high level of compete (something I think every one of us as Oilers fans noted the dearth of the last few seasons with very few exceptions -- and something MacT wanted to bring in to an anemic, lifeless group), to go along with a respectable offensive skillset and excellent puckhandling. He played PK by all accounts, and even stated on Gregor's show that he prefers LW. He's allegedly 6'0 and 205 lbs, so he isn't small, and on his twitter account he lists himself as a fitness fanatic. He also has a bit of 'rat' in his game, a bit of 'Marchand' to go along with those soft hands and 2 20g campaigns, 1 50 pt. and 2 40 pt. seasons already. What is not to like, guys? I feel like buying some of you beers, the way you are behaving.
3 things for me
1) I think MPS was showing enough last year and starting to put it together that he could have been a 2nd line LW for us and really develop
2) Perron's injury history scares me, sure it was one concussion but it was a BIG one, another concussion and he likely is out for a long time again
3) I don't watch much blues hockey so this is probably more just me not watching him enough, I always viewed him as a finesse player. I wanted more of a big bodied guy who threw his weight around, sounds like Perron can do that a bit (though gritty like marchand doesn't mean a grinder in the corner), and I was more thinking someone like Oshie is who I'd want. Maybe I've just seen a few too many big hit highlights from Oshie and kind of had my mind set that he's our guy (or Stewart somehow).
-I'm warming up to the trade more... though his injury history still scares me.
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