ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Louis Blues traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2nd round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
“Magnus is a well-rounded player who has good size and great skating ability,” St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.
“He is just coming into his own and this will open up more ice time for Jaden (Schwartz) and Vladimir (Tarasenko). I would like to thank David for his time in St. Louis and wish him well in Edmonton.”
Perron, 25, missed a several games after suffering a concussion a couple years ago. As a result he only played 10 games in the 2010-11 season and missed the first couple of months in the 2011-12 season, but that didn’t slow him down. He had 21 goals and 21 assists in 57 games for the Blues that season. He played all 48 games this season with 10 goals and 15 assists to his credit, according to cbssports.com.
Pääjärvi, 22, was originally Edmonton’s 1st round pick (10th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’3” left wing, recorded 16 points (9g, 7a) last season in 42 games after recording 15 goals and 34 points in his rookie season in 2010-11, which was 6th on the Oilers in scoring. He recorded a hat trick in his first NHL preseason game in 2010.
In the 2010 World Championships he led Sweden in scoring and was selected to the All-Tournament Team. Pääjärvi became the youngest player ever to play for Sweden during the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships. He assisted on Mikael Backlund’s overtime goal vs. Russia to put Sweden in the Finals.