Word just leaked that the Edmonton Oilers traded winger Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round draft pick to the St. Louis Blues for star winger David Perron. The trade could prove to be good for both sides involved. Is there a clear winner in the trade? Let’s find out!
Magnus Paajarvi has seemed to have found his niche in the NHL. The 22-year old Oiler played pretty decent, finding the back of the net a few times. He has learned to play at a young age, just like Perron had. The first-round draft pick in 2009, Paajarvi has played the way the Oilers had hoped for. He can make plays and even score the goals. In the shortened season, he only participated in 42 games, but he score 9 goals and 7 assists. He has 58 points in 163 games with the Oilers (three seasons). Though that doesn’t seem like a lot (because it isn’t!) it’s good numbers for an Oiler. This player can add speed and playmaking to the Blues.
Veteran winger David Perron, 25, started his career at 19 in the NHL with the Blues. He has played 340 games, scoring 198 points. This big forward has a +/- rating of +45. He is a strong player, adding scoring and toughness to a young Oilers team. Perron has a great fit in Edmonton. He has the room to step up as a leader and take the Oilers under his wing. The scorer is great on the ice and can add a lot of depth to this team, especially now that former-captain Shawn Horcoff is no longer an Oiler.
So who won in this trade? I think the Edmonton Oilers did. The reason I think that is simple. The Oilers are a struggling team. They need a veteran player, such as Perron, who can lead them and help them score goals. Paajarvi is looking to climb towards his peak years soon, and though he can be as good as Perron in a few years, the Blues don’t really need to step up their strength. We found that out two seasons ago when they dominated the NHL under Ken Hitchcock and stormed the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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