"I want to be offensive in my style and I want to play in the offensive zone as much as possible."
- Newest Oiler Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson tells the Copper & Blue what Oiler fans desperately want to hear.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed Swedish forward Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson to a three-year entry-level contract. Pääjärvi will be coming to training camp this fall and may well earn a spot with the Oilers. Thanks to the new transfer agreement with the Swedish Elite League, if he doesn't make the team Pääjärvi can play in either Sweden or the AHL for the upcoming season. Although the contract details haven't yet been released, I'm prepared to say this is great news for Oiler fans. Pääjärvi is coming off an incredible year in the Swedish Elite League in which he recorded 29 points in 49 games. He also scored nine points in nine games to go along with a +8 rating in the recent World Championships, helping Sweden to a bronze medal in the tournament. Earlier this year, Derek had the privilege of conducting an interview with Pääjärvi, which can be read here and Jonathan wrote a detailed analysis of the player in our Top 25 Under 25 series which can be read here. We also had a short interview with the newest Oiler today which can be read after the jump.
We'll be sure to have more on the signing when the contract details are out.
We contacted Pääjärvi shortly after the signing was announced and congratulated him on signing his contract. We also asked him what he knew about Edmonton:
Hey thanks! Actually, I dont know that much about Edmonton as a city but I'm sure I'm going find out. But I know as a hockey club they have a lot of tradition and great fans, and they won a lot with Gretzky and Messier. I'm very excited to come over!
Fans will get their first glimpse of the Swedish star at the Oilers' summer camp in July, as Pääjärvi confirmed his attendance. Though he could go to the AHL if he doesn't make the Oilers, it doesn't sound as if he has any plans to make a trip to Oklahoma City. From the linked interview above, we asked the speedy left winger who he would like to play with should he make the jump to Edmonton and what kind of players best complement his playing style:
I think Edmonton has a great group of forwards despite the tough season so I`d be glad to just play on a team with guys like Hemsky, Gagner, Penner etc. They are fantastic players! For the second question I´ll have to say offensive players. I want to be offensive in my style and I want to play in the offensive zone as much as possible.