Monday, October 5, 2009

He's No Nazim Kadri Or Luke Schenn, But Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson Is An Alright Prospect

3-2-5 in 6 games, not the most impressive stats line that you'll ever see, but when you consider that it's the stats line of an 18 year old in the Swedish Elite League, it is an INCREDIBLE stats line. Entering today's game MPS as Oilers fans call him (what an original nickname from those wannabee Torontonians) was the team leader in points and was tied for the team lead with 2 goals.

Paajarvi-Svennson has a chance to challenge Nicklas Backstrom for the best 18 year old season in the SEL by a first round pick since Backstrom posted season totals of 12-28-40 in 45 games back in '06-07. Prior to that you have to go back to the Sedins 18 year old seasons where they put up 47 and 45 points respectively in 50 games all the way back in '99-00.

We're not talking run of the mill bums for company here. Hell even Anze Kopitar, star of the LA Kings "only" had 20 points in 47 games in the SEL before posting 61 points in 72 games the very next season in the NHL. Needless to say, if MPS keeps up his play, he could very well be a Calder Trophy front runner next season if he makes the trek overseas.

Like I said he's no Kadri or L. Schenn, but he's probably pretty good.

1 comment:

RaoulDuke said...

But didn't you see Kadri in the shootout when he DEKED a goalie?!

It's never been done before.

By a Leaf.