The St. Louis Blues announced today the club has placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on injured reserve.
Paajarvi has no points and is a minus-1 through his first four games with the Blues. His placement on IR is likely retroactive to October 26th, which would make him eligible to return on Saturday vs. Tampa Bay - but that is not official.
Paajarvi missed Tuesday's game vs. the Jets and also missed Wednesday's practice with an upper-body injury. The Blues will decide tomorrow if Paajarvi will travel with the team to Florida for Friday's contest with the Panthers.
Paajarvi will miss the game against the Jets and is day-to-day after being checked in the offensive zone by the Predators' Victor Bartley midway through the first period on Saturday. "Magnus is going to be day-to-day. He won’t play on Tuesday and then we'll just evaluate him on the road trip and see how he feels," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Magnus Paajarvi likely to get a look with Gagner and Hemsky tonight. Eager and Jones will flank Belanger.
With Teemu Hartikainen going on IR with an injured shoulder Paajarvi will assume his position on the second line. Paajarvi will need to play well alongside Gagner and Hemsky if he wants to stay on that line. This is a good opportunity for the former 10th overall pick to finally live up to that potential.
Paajarvi has been moved up to the third line with Horcoff and Smyth.
Paajarvi played his first game game of the year on Tuesday, but only saw 9:30 of ice time. He must have played well enough to impress the Edmonton coaching staff as they've moved him up to the third line. He still isn't fantasy relevant until he proves he can score at this level.