Training camp is fast approaching for teams around the NHL and a number of PTOs are expected to be offered to various players still on the free agent market.
The Arizona Coyotes, while being largely satisfied with the roster available to them, are likely to still bring in guys that they can make a judgement on, seeing if they would fit into the team.
One such player that could be worth bringing into camp on a PTO is Magnus Paajarvi, who most recently played with the Ottawa Senators.
A glance at Paajarvi’s stats will provide a picture of a fourth line player that can contribute in front of goal, but is often not much of a playmaker.
While points production isn’t the Swedish winger’s strength, his physical and defensive play is something that could certainly intrigued head coach Rick Tocchet.
In 467 regular season games in the NHL, Paajarvi has 62 goals and 124 total points, while also playing a very disciplined game with just 78 penalty minutes.
His performances throughout his NHL career has seen him earn a gold, silver and bronze medal in the IIHF World Championships with his native Sweden, where he contributed ten goals and 19 total points in 28 games across three competitions.
Throughout his career, the 6-foot-2, 205lbs winger has been regularly deployed in the defensive zone, with a career average 53.9% of his starts coming in his own zone.
In 80 games with the bottom-dwelling Senators last season, Paajarvi saw this jump up to 61.7%.
Paajarvi uses his big frame often while on the ice, blocking 67 shots and throwing 65 hits with the Senators in the 2018/19 season.
The 28-year-old is also fairly reliable in puck battles, usually averaging more takeaways than giveaways, with 121 and 99 respectively across his 10 years in the NHL, with 18 takeaways and 16 giveaways last year alone.
For the Coyotes, Paajarvi would be an intriguing player to take a look at in camp due to his defensive responsibilities, something that Tocchet would undoubtedly covet.
If the team were interested in keeping Paajarvi around beyond camp, he likely would accept a deal close to league minimum.
He was let go by the worst team in the NHL and according to CapFriendly, his past four contracts have seen him earn less than $1 million each time ($700k, $700k, $800k and $900k respectively).
With the Arizona Coyotes looking to build the strongest team possible, considering every and all scenarios and line-ups is something that can help the team grow, so offering a no-risk PTO to Paajarvi should certainly be something for general manager John Chayka to consider.