Magnus Paajarvi in OKC silks. Photo courtesy OKCBarons.com

The Paajarvi Principle

I just did it…I mean, what the hell, just do it.

Magnus Paajarvi when asked about his shootout goal in last night’s OKC Barons victory

 

PROBLEM:

Former first round pick Magnus Paajarvi hadn’t scored a goal in 25 NHL contests, ratcheting up just three assists in that time.  He wasn’t getting very good ice time, struggling around the third (and sometimes fourth) line.

THE SOLUTION

  • Have him tool around the fourth line?
  • Get scratched?
  • Become speculative trade rumour?
  • Profit?

None of these.  A stint in the AHL is a better solution than all of these combined.

So far this season, it just wasn’t happening for Paajarvi.  So he gets the ticket to OKC.  What does he do in his first game?

Look familiar?  It should.

Get him some goals.  Get him some confidence.  Everybody wins.

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