So for those of you that missed last night’s game, allow me to make you kick yourself even more… wow, was Magnus Paajarvi ever on fire last night. At age 19, he looked to be far ahead of Ales Hemsky’s development curve (I mean, at the same age). But let’s bear in mind that the lineup the Lightning iced was weak, and the East has never been known for being as skilled defensively as the West (a few teams aside). Also, really it IS just one game (although Paajarvi has looked solid in all games so far).
On Paajarvi’s first goal, he did whiff the finishing shot, but he also did split through a wall of lightning defenders to get in alone on Elli$. His second goal was an undisputable beauty of a one-timer, which makes you wonder if he is perhaps the guy Hemmer needs to connect with on the power play. His third goal probably had no business going in, but as they say you have to be lucky to be good, and he showed that he’s not afraid to take a shot. Add to that, his shot was obviously well on target as well, so credit to him for getting it through the d-man’s legs and right inside the post.
So I think it is clear to say that this kid was a steal at 10th overall, however, and he will make the starting roster for October 6th. It’s hard not to think way ahead of ourselves and get too excited about a player, but I had always thought he would be our biggest chance at the Calder trophy this year, and that may be the case. Hall was no slouch last night either, despite not being able to top a 4 point night from Paajarvi (including the first Hattrick since Gagner’s in March, 2009 – tip of the hat to Hemmerlady and the Oiler’s Message Board).
It looks like we finally have something to get excited about in Oilerville. We might still struggle to win games, but there should be some exciting hockey to watch this year. And I think Cogliano is also probably pretty excited, if he gets to stay with Paajarvi for the remainder of the year.
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