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Magnus Paajarvi Scratched In Favor Of Ben Eager

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The young Swede sits in favor of grit

Look at this picture and feel bad for Paajarvi, then look at the Blue Jackets fans.  Poor people.
Look at this picture and feel bad for Paajarvi, then look at the Blue Jackets fans. Poor people.
Kirk Irwin

The Oilers' Twitter account announced tonight's lines and Magnus Paajarvi was noticeable absent from the combinations:

Tyler Dellow was on top of this from the jump:

There’s a segment of the fanbase and the media that has a sort of enduring fascination with Ben Eager, for reasons that I don’t understand. There is literally nothing in his history to suggest he’s a player with any offensive skill. I’ve thrown up his career offensive numbers with those of Georges Laraque through the same stage in his career. I don’t recall anyone other than Georges suggesting he’d make sense with the Oilers best players. It’s a shame that we don’t have Corsi data going back that far because I recall Laraque as being particularly good at that – if he got the puck on his stick in the offensive zone, he could spend an entire shift behind the goal line.