Paajarvi penned a one-year deal with the Blues on Tuesday. Paajarvi tallied nine points in 48 contest this past season, while also recording just 8 PIM and 44 hits. Averaging 12:51 of ice time per game, fantasy owners would expect slightly higher productivity, yet the winger has reached the 20-point mark just once in his NHL career. Given his extremely limited value, the 25-year-old can probably be passed over even in the deepest of leagues.
Paajarvi (undisclosed) will be in the lineup Friday night against the Bruins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. This seems to be less of a sign that Paajarvi is ready to take on a larger role through his own merit than the Blues simply needing a healthy body in the lineup. Rookie Robby Fabbri (ankle) is reportedly out for 2-to-3 more games, paving the way for Paajarvi to get another look. Between injuries and healthy scratches, Paajarvi's been limited to 43 of a possible 77 contests this season. The inconsistent playing time has made it tough for the Swede to establish any type of offensive rhythm this campaign.
Paajarvi was activated in place of Dmitrij Jaskin for Monday night's game against the Flames, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He had an assist, three shots on net, and a hit in 11:09 of ice time while skating on a line with Patrik Berglund and David Backes. "We need that line to be a better line," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're going to try to use 'Bergie' as much as we can at center. Backes has done a great job playing right wing. But we need the line to be a better line. They need to have bigger impact in the game." Whether it's Jaskin or Paajarvi, it doesn't really matter -- the two have combined for 19 points. What will make the line better is the return of Alex Steen from an upper-body injury. Steen has been skating recently and is with the team on its current road trip.
Paajarvi was a healthy scratch for Sunday night's game against Minnesota. The Blues had Jori Lehtera (upper body) returning from a three-game absence, so Paajarvi was the player who lost a spot on the active roster.
Paajarvi will replace Alex Steen (upper body) on the top line alongside David Backes and Patrik Berglund. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock didn't want to disrupt the cohesion of the other lines, so he's tapping Paajarvi, who hasn't been in the active lineup since Feb. 9. The 24-year-old Paajarvi has five points in 36 games this season.
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