There are two sides to the story with Magnus Paajarvi. On one hand, Paajarvi has looked tentative, not soft but not physically involved at times, and he needs skate harder and drive to the net. With the lines set at RNH, Eberle, and Hall on one line and Hemsky, Smyth, and Horcoff on the other line there has been no room for Paajarvi.
On the other hand even with Hemsky's injury Tom Renney saw fit to move Jones up rather than Paajarvi, even just to use that line and add Jones for defense late in games. Paajarvi tends not to play with the top talent on the Oilers. Paajarvi through all the injuries in Edmonton in 2010/11 Paajarvi was 9th in ES ice time with 13:31 (9th in TOI with 15:23). He hasn't seen the same breaks as the other rookies. Currently in 2011/12 Paajarvi is 9th in ES time on ice with 11:28 (10th in TOI with 13:26).
This season Paajarvi isn't the only one struggling to find offense. With line mates Eric Belanger with one assist in 13 games, Omark no points in 5 games, and Gagner two assists in 7 games; Paajarvi isn't alone in the struggle.
The 4th line has similar struggles Eager has one assist in 10 games, Lander 1 assist in 13 games, Petrell 2 points in 12 games, and Hordichuk with no points in 3 games.
In my opinion the 3rd and 4th lines do not have any chemistry. I am not alone in the belief that the Oilers should have put together the Tre Kroner line, Lander, Paajarvi and Omark. Succeed or fail the three players would have been given another chance with different line mates.
There is a player there, but the Oilers organization needs to show more creativity to get that player to emerge.
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