The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one year deal worth $800,000. The deal is a one-way contract, which means Blues fans will most likely see No. 56 on the opening night roster.
The 26 year old Swedish winger has had an up and down career since coming to St. Louis in 2013. The former first round pick of the Edmonton Oilers has struggled to secure an NHL roster spot, even spending a majority of the 2016-17 season with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. However, many may argue that 2016-17 was the best year Paajarvi has had with the Note, as he dressed in 32 regular season games down the stretch, notching 13 points and earning a regular spot in the playoff lineup. Paajarvi scored the overtime series-clinching goal against the Minnesota Wild in the 1st round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking his most impactful moment in St. Louis.
Look for Paajarvi to compete for bottom six role in training camp. His versatility and ability to play on both the left and right wing could serve him well, especially now that there is an opening on the fourth line right wing with the Ryan Reaves trade, and impending opening of the left wing slot once Scottie Upshall hits unrestricted free agency this coming Saturday.