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Magnus Pääjärvi
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Born April 12, 1991 (1991-04-12) (age 26)
Norrköping, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St.Louis Blues
Timrå IK
Edmonton Oilers
National team Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2009
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2007–present

Magnus Pääjärvi (born Magnus Karl Svensson Pääjärvi on April 12, 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Magnus was a first round selection in the 2009 KHL Junior Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Magnus started playing ice hockey when he was six years old. During the 2005–06 season when he was fourteen years old he made his debut for Malmö Redhawks in the J20 SuperElit and scored eight goals in eight games during TV-pucken and led Skåne to a silver medal.

Magnus also scored two goals when Malmö won the final of the Swedish Championship for sixteen-year-olds. The following season he got a more regular role for Malmö in the J20 SuperElit, and again led Skåne to a silver medal in TV-pucken.

In 2007, Magnus signed with Timrå IK where his older brother, Björn played for the senior team. He made his Elitserien debut on September 24th when he was sixteen years, five months and twelve days old, becoming the fourth youngest player in Elitserien's history.

During the game, Magnus recorded an assist on Timrå's 1–0 goal in the first period of play. His first goal was a game winning 1–0 goal against HV71 on February 16, 2008, assisted by linemate Anton Lander.

Magnus was drafted 10th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was also selected 19th overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the 2009 KHL Entry Draft. Magnus was announced to be a nominee for 2009–10 Elitserien Rookie of the Year on January 20th.

Edmonton OilersEdit

On June 2, 2010, it was announced that Magnus had signed a three-year entry level contract with the Oilers. On September 2, 2010, it was announced that Magnus would be shortening his name for the NHL to Magnus Pääjärvi and will wear the number 91 on his jersey.

On September 23, 2010, (his first preseason game with the Oilers), Magnus scored a hat-trick and registered an assist for 4 points as the Oilers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.

On October 7, 2010, Magnus played his first professional game with the Oilers when they played their arch-rivals, the Calgary Flames. Nine days later on October 16, 2010, he scored his first NHL goal against Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Magnus finished the 2010-11 NHL season with 34 points, good enough for 6th on team scoring. In the 2011-12 NHL season, after recording 3 points in 25 games and sitting in the press box for 6 games, he was demoted to the minors.

St. Louis BluesEdit

On July 10, 2013, Magnus was traded along with a second round pick to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left winger David Perron.

On August 2, 2013, he signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract with the team

On December 29, 2014, the Blues placed Magnus on waivers and, upon clearing, was assigned to St. Louis' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves where he remained until the end of the 2014–15 season. Prior to his demotion, he had played in ten games, registering just one assist.

Following the 2014–15 NHL season, Magnus became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The St. Louis Blues made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and on July 5, 2015, he filed for salary arbitration.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Malmö Redhawks J20 20000
2006–07 Malmö Redhawks J20 204266 40110
2007–08 Timrå IK J20 18715226
2007–08 Timrå IK SEL 351232 110002
2008–09 Timrå IK J20 10000
2008–09 Timrå IK SEL 50710174 71010
2009–10 Timrå IK SEL 491217296 50112
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 8015193416
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 412684
2011–12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34718254 1429112
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 384162010
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 42971614
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 5566126
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 100116
2014–15 Chicago Wolves AHL 361118296 53140
2015–16 Chicago Wolves AHL 74372
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 483698 30110
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 3285136 -----
SHL totals 13420294912 231124
NHL totals 27635458054 30110

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Sweden WJC Template:Sica 61120
2008 Sweden WJC18 4th 646106
2009 Sweden WJC Template:Sica 62576
2009 Sweden WJC18 5th 666120
2010 Sweden WJC Template:Brca 637102
2010 Sweden WC Template:Brca 95492
2011 Sweden WC Template:Sica 92572
Junior totals 3016243014
Senior totals 1879164

International PlayEdit

At fourteen years old, Magnus made his international debut for Sweden with the under sixteen team during the 2005–06 season, the following season he became the scoring leader for the under sixteen team.

During the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, at sixteen years and eight months old, Magnus became the youngest player ever to play for Sweden during a World Junior Hockey Championship.

During the tournament, Magnus scored one goal and helped Sweden to the finals when assisting Mikael Backlund on Sweden's overtime game-winning goal against Russia in the semifinal.

Magnus played in the 2010 World Championships where he led the Swedish team in scoring and was selected to the tournament all-star team.

Personal LifeEdit

Magnus' father is retired ice hockey player and coach Gunnar Svensson. His mother is Ingrid Maria Svensson-Pääjärvi. His younger brother is Björn Svensson. He was born in Sweden while Gunnar was the coach and manager of IK Vita Hästen.

Magnus uses the hyphenated surname in honour of his maternal grandfather, who was Finnish.

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