Pakarinen has signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, Finnish news site Iltalehti reports.
Pakarinen, who recently completed his fourth season in the Oilers organization, will look to revitalize his career in what is widely considered to be the second-best league in the world. Once a 20-goal scorer in his native Finland and a reliable offensive player at the AHL level, Pakarinen logged just two goals and a single assist in 40 contests with Edmonton in 2017-18.
Pakarinen scored two goals and an assist in 40 games in 2017-18, while contributing 50 shots on goal and 72 hits as well.
Although Pakarinen bounced around from the AHL to NHL, he was only scratched for 17 games when he was with Edmonton, but did just average 10:11 of ice time skating mainly on the bottom six. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old has seen his role reduce since he logged 63 games at the professional level in 2015-16, but he was victimized by a low shooting percentage of four, which is unfortunate as his wrist shot is one of the strengths of his game. Pakarinen will be a free agent entering next season, and it's unclear if Edmonton has plans to retain him for the fifth straight year.
Pakarinen found the back of the net in Sunday's 6-5 overtime victory over Anaheim.
The offensive drive generated points for two of Edmonton's rare contributors -- Pakarinen scored his first goal since Feb. 5 and Milan Lucic assisted (his first point since Jan. 20). The Finnish winger has missed more games (healthy scratch) than he has played in the last two weeks and is best left on the wire for now.
Pakarinen lit the lamp in Monday's 6-2 victory over the Lightning.
The goal was Pakarinen's first of the season, and he now has two points in 21 games in 2017-18. The Finnish winger's small role (10:15 average ice time) will continue to keep his offensive opportunities minimal. For now, owners can find more involved options on the wire.
Pakarinen was recalled from AHL Bakersfield on Thursday.
The Oilers waived Pakarinen on Dec. 1, but he remained property of the franchise having passed through waivers and moving to the Condors. Fantasy owners generally shouldn't concern themselves with a midseason minor-league call-up, and Pakarinen isn't an exception to the rule as the owner of just 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) through 112 games.
Pakarinen was placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment to AHL Bakersfield on Friday.
There's an outside chance that Pakarinen could get scooped off waivers by another team. After all, the Oilers claimed Australian forward Nathan Walker -- via the Capitals -- off waivers preceding Pakarinen's own transaction. The Finn has only averaged 10:21 of ice time with Edmonton, and it seems that a change of scenery would do him well -- even if it's down in the minors.
Pakarinen assisted on Edmonton's only goal in Sunday's loss to Washington.
That was Pakarinen's first point of the season. Through 14 games he has one assist, a minus-1 rating and just 13 shots. His fantasy value is limited, and there's no guarantee he's going to be in the lineup regularly.
Pakarinen logged 12:54 of ice time while recording three hits in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers.
Pakarinen has yet to record a point so far in 2017-18, despite playing in 13 of Edmonton's 16 games. He's only averaged 10:06 of ice time, but has been skating on the third line lately with Ryan Strome, which should result in increased offensive opportunities for the 25-year-old.
Pakarinen will draw into Saturday's lineup against the Canucks on the fourth line with Jujhar Khaira and Mark Letestu, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Edmonton wants to give Pakarinen a closer look after he slugged through a rough 2016-17 campaign, and was limited to 19 total games with a leg injury largely to blame. Still, don't expect a whole lot of ice time since he'll be positioned on the bottom line.
Pakarinen signed a one-year contract extension with the Oilers on Tuesday.
The 2016-17 campaign could have been a big step forward for Pakarinen in his third season in the league, but instead he was restricted to just 14 regular-season games and a single playoff game due to a leg injury he sustained in the preseason. In that limited amount of playing time, the 25-year-old notched two goals and two assists while averaging 8:55 in a bottom-six role. The Oilers apparently saw enough in him to give him another year with the team, so he'll look to prove them right, assuming he can stay healthy for at least most of the campaign.
Pakarinen (leg) posted an assist with a blocked shot and four hits in his season debut Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Pakarinen logged just 7:15 of ice time, as the Oilers eased him back into action. He hadn't played since the preseason after suffering a leg injury on Oct. 2. He'll need to work his way up the ranks, starting out on the checking line. Until he carves out a larger role in the offense he's only worth fantasy consideration in the deepest of fantasy formats.
Pakarinen (leg) has been activated from injured reserve and will make his season debut against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
It's been a long time coming for Pakarinen, who hasn't seen NHL game action since he was injured during the preseason way back on Oct. 2. The 25-year-old Finn is projected to skate on the fourth line and has only put up 16 points over his NHL career, so we would wait to see if he can cut out a bigger role for himself on a talented Edmonton squad before picking him up in the majority of fantasy formats.
Pakarinen (leg) was recalled to Edmonton on Sunday.
Pakarinen will remain on IR after the call-up for the time being, but the fact that he is back up from the minors means he should be ready to play in Tuesday's game against Phoenix. He hasn't played in the NHL yet this year, but in the AHL he put up a mediocre one point in five games, so fantasy owners should be cautious when he returns.
Pakarinen (leg) was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on a conditioning assignment Friday.
Pakarinen has yet to play this season as the result of an exhibition injury. By heading down to the minors for some rehab, it signals that his return may be imminent. He only had 13 points in 63 games last year, so owners shouldn't expect an offensive juggernaut upon his return.
Pakarinen (leg) skated on his own prior to Edmonton's morning skate Thursday, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
Pakarinen remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to the Oilers' lineup, but his presence on the ice Thursday is an encouraging indication of the progress he's made in his rehab. The 25-year-old winger only tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 63 games with Edmonton last season, and he'll likely take on a bottom-six role once he's ready to return to game action.
Pakarinen (leg) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Pakarinen is expected to be sidelined until early November with a leg injury he sustained during a preseason game, so this move was more or less a foregone conclusion. The 25-year-old winger only notched 13 points (five goals, eight assists) over 63 games with the Oilers last season, and will likely slot into a bottom-six role upon his return to action. The 25-year-old winger shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues at this juncture.
Pakarinen will be out for at least a month after sustaining a leg injury in Sunday's preseason game against the Kings, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Pakarinen was on the receiving end of a nasty hit by Matt Greene which sent him crashing into the end boards. The 2016-17 season hasn't even started but already the Oilers have had to deal with lower-body injuries to wingers Patrick Maroon, Nail Yakupov, and now Pakarinen with his injured left leg.
Pakarinen sustained a left leg injury in Sunday's preseason win over the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Pakarinen was slammed into the end boards by defenseman Matt Greene during the first period and did not return. The 25-year-old Finn, who will be playing for a new contract this season, should be reevaluated in the coming days. For now, we consider him day-to-day.
Pakarinen signed a one-year contract extension with the Oilers on Monday.
Pakarinen, a native of Finland, played in his first full NHL season in 2015-16. He recorded five goals and eight assists in 63 games during that campaign. The 24-year-old is still adjusting to hockey in North America and will be hard-pressed to evolve into a top-six forward. As a result, his fantasy value is minimal.
Pakarinen had five goals and eight assists in 63 games for Edmonton.
Pakarinen is a bottom-six forward for Edmonton and one who will have to fight for his job in training camp. He is a depth forward who will see precious little time on the power play or with one of the top forward units for Edmonton.