For whatever reason Magnus Paajarvi never really fit in with the Edmonton Oilers. Maybe it’s because he brought more than one dimension to the ice when he played and did something aside from fire the puck from a distance as soon as he entered the zone. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s a big-bodied winger that doesn’t mind banging bodies and playing in traffic.

The St. Louis Blues traded a solid asset in David Perron to land Paajarvi so it’s somewhat surprising that he is just now set to make his regular season debut for the club. The lineup has been working for Ken Hitchcock though and there’s really no reason to shake up a club that is winning.

St. Louis has cooled off a bit after a hot start and has dropped two of its last three contests so Hitchcock is shaking things up a bit. Paajarvi seems poised to benefit in a big way if he can stick with his new linemates.