Paajarvi deposited two goals in just 10:34 of ice time in Thursday's 4-1 win over Vancouver. It was a night for the Blues' secondary scorers, who scored the first three goals before an empty-netter sealed the deal. Paajarvi has scored three goals over the last three games and is rewriting his history with St. Louis. He had just 23 points in his first 116 games in the organization; since being recalled in February, the 25-year-old has posted 10 points -- including seven goals -- over 20 games.
Paajarvi's third-period power-play goal served as the game-winner Monday against Kings. Paajarvi is known for his speed and the hockey plays he can make as a result, but Monday's game-winner was an ugly one. A net-front scrum produced a bouncing puck that glanced off his body for his fifth goal in 18 games. He's been a nightly member of the active lineup since being called up early February, typically skating on the third or fourth lines, but Monday was the first time he was given extended minutes on the power play.
Paajarvi will remain up with the Blues for the remainder of the season, Jeremy Ruhterford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. As the Blues made moves to make other young players -- Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford -- eligible to play in the AHL playoffs, the club didn't do that with Paajarvi. He's been suiting up on the third line, generating some offense with his speed, but was a non-factor in Friday's 3-0 loss to Winnipeg.
Paajarvi scored a goal and had four shots on net over 14:26 of ice time in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks. Paajarvi took advantage of a Chicago turnover in their own zone to give St. Louis a lift in the first period after they had fallen behind, 2-0. He's been placed in a top-9 role and has delivered four points (three goals, one assist) over eight games since being called up in early February. Speed is his calling card, but until now he hasn't made an impact offensively. With Robby Fabbri (knee) done for the season, the Blues need one of their minor leaguers to be the next man up and Paajarvi is doing that right now.
Paajarvi will draw into Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The winger has been fairly good this year, with four goals in ten games in the NHL. With 18 points in 26 AHL games, he has been a proven scorer in the minors, so if he can bring that up with him, he could have some decent fantasy value.
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