UPDATE: Magnus Paajarvi cleared waivers Thursday. The Minnesota Wild scooped Chris Porter off waivers from Philadelphia.
As the NHL training camp cuts continued Wednesday, a tempting player hit the waiver wire.
The 24-year-old out of Sweden has shown moments of promise, however, and could well make it with a weaker club. He would at least be worth a longer look than he ever got with the Blues.
Paajarvi excelled in the AHL last season with the Chicago Wolves, scoring 11 goals and 18 assists in 36 games. He added another four points in five playoff games. As with most talented forwards under 25, his defence needs work, but Paajarvi is fast, creative, stays out of the penalty box and puts up respectable possession numbers.
Yet his experience with the Blues last season was limited to 10 appearances, 3:13 of total power-play time, and one point. Sixteen forwards got more ice time with St. Louis in 2014-15 than Paajarvi did.
Were an offence-starved club like, say, the New Jersey Devils or Carolina Hurricanes to take a flier on Paajarvi, his $700,000 price tag could comfortably fit under the salary cap. Paajarvi becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.
As a freshman, Paajarvi appeared to be living up to his promise, tallying 15 goals and 19 assists with Edmonton. The guy scored a hat trick in his first NHL pre-season game, back in 2010.
But in a move that “came as a shock” to the young player, the Oilers dealt him and a second-rounder to the Blues have acquired for forward David Perron in 2014.
Stay tuned Thursday at noon to see if Paajarvi gets scooped up or tries to work his way back to the NHL by impressing in the St. Louis farm system.
Here is Wednesday’s full waiver list, via TVA’s Renaud Lavoie: