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2009 NHL Draft: Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2009 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the first round (#14 overall)?

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2009 NHL Entry Draft Site

Up Close With Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (Video)
  Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

The Lowdown:
   601, 201 pounds
   Left wing
   Timra (Sweden)
   DOB: 4-12-91 – Sweden
   Final rank: 2: Midterm rank: 2 (Eur-S)

The Shinny:
Good size and excellent speed, became the fourth youngest player in Swedish Elite League history in 2007 when he made his debut at 16 years, five months and 12 days. Had 17 points (seven goals) in 50 games in 2008-09, but numbers will go up as Paajarvi-Svensson matures. Won back-to-back gold medals with Team Sweden at World Junior Championships. In 2008, he became the youngest Swede to play in the World Juniors and youngest since Sidney Crosby in 2004. Father and brother both have played in Elite League.

NHL Central Scouting’s E.J. McGuire: “Magnus perhaps is the stereotype if the skilled Swede coming over here in recent years – outside speed extraordinaire, ability to freeze defenders and make all his good moves work even more effectively…He showed at the World Championships why the 1980 comparisons to Mats Naslund, Kent Nilsson and more recently a Peter Forsberg will follow him over to his NHL team.”

Timru head coach Stephan Lundh: “The sky is the limit for Magnus. He’s a very skilled and creative player. Magnus is a player who has a good attitude and does his best every game and practice. He wants to improve and he likes the challenge.”

Paajarvi-Svensson on Paajarvi-Svensson: “There’s no room for mistakes. Every part of my game can be improved, but the number one thing is my play without the puck.”

Did you know: Patterns his game after Pavel Bure, Alex Kovalev and Maxim Afinogenov.

His Favorites
   NHL Team: Buffalo Sabres
   NHL Player: Buffalo’s Maxim Afinogenov
   Movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
   TV Show: Smallville
   Video Game: Trackmania
   Actor: Will Smith and Jim Carey
   Song: Sensation Black
   Place to Visit: Malmo Sweden

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