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Paajarvi earns spot with Blues for rest of season

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - With his solid play, Magnus Paajarvi has earned more than just a recent promotion to the top line alongside Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny.

During an exclusive interview with Darren Pang for stlouisblues.com on Wednesday, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong revealed that Paajarvi won't be re-assigned to the Wolves this season and instead will remain with the Blues.

"We made two transactions. We sent (Ivan) Barbashev and (Zach) Sanford down and recalled them (immediately) after," Armstrong said. "By doing that, it allows them to be American Hockey League eligible if necessary, but we didn't do that with Magnus Paajarvi. He's going to be with us the rest of the year and he's excited about that."

Paajarvi has played 26 games with the Wolves this season, scoring seven goals and 11 assists. The 25-year-old Norrkoping, Sweden native was recalled by the Blues after Paul Stastny was placed on injured reserve last month. In nine appearances since his recall, Paajarvi has scored three goals and one assist.

"Obviously goals help (you stay in the lineup), but obviously more opportunity helps," Paajarvi said. "You have to capitalize on them, too, and I have so far. I have to keep doing that. My confidence is way higher and I believe in what I do."

"I like his speed and I like the energy he's bringing right now," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "That's what you want to have, guys that when they're playing well and get an opportunity, that you reward them. He's one of those guys."

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