While it’s difficult to see Paajarvi leave Edmonton, the 22-year old struggled to live up to the hype that surrounded him when the Oilers drafted him 10th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Despite showing flashes of brilliance the last couple of seasons, too many question marks surrounded the young Swede and eventually MacTavish decided it was time to move on.
The move to acquire Perron instantly makes Edmonton a better hockey club starting next season versus waiting for Paajarvi to fully develop into the top-six forward the Oilers were waiting on. Perron is already there and brings with him a complimentary tool box of skill that not only adds another offensive weapon to the lineup, but will make his line mates better as well.
Still only 25 years old, Perron is under contract through the 2015-16 season at a reasonable rate of $3.812 million and granted the talent that he possesses, that is more than a team friendly contract.
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