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Blues think Paajarvi could fit well with Berglund

Magnus Paajarvi

Edmonton Oilers’ Magnus Paajarvi (91), of Sweden, races down ice against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)


Blues coach Ken Hitchcock doesn’t have a lot of new faces in the locker room this year, but one of them already has his creative juices flowing.

Norm Sanders of the the News-Democrat shares that Hitchcock likes the fit of newly acquired forward Magnus Paajarvi working with with center Patrik Berglund. GM Doug Armstrong says it’s a natural partnership.

“Paajarvi has had some history with Patrik Berglund,” Armstrong said. “I like his size and skating and I have to believe --and my hope is -- there’s a huge hunger there for him to start to define his career.”

We’ve written plenty here about Paajarvi’s arrival in St. Louis but having him on a line with a playmaker like Berglund provides the opportunity he needs to spark his career. One thing Hitchcock likes about his team is how there are many interchangeable parts.

“We’ve got flexibility all through our lineup,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can play center and a lot of guys that can pay wing.”

His biggest struggle will be to find the combinations that help spark a Blues offense that lacks a dominant scorer.

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