If Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson plays as well as he talks, this kid is going to be awesome.
On a team that's been sucking wind for far too long, the 19-year-old Swede could be the biggest breath of fresh air they've had in years.
Forget about trying to be polite and vanilla and not wanting to overstep his European rookie boundries when he comes to North America next season, MPS is telling it like it is.
Or, at least telling it like he -- and the Edmonton Oilers -- hope it's going to be.
He doesn't want to just fit in, he says he wants to be an impact player.
He doesn't just want to be a reliable forward whose first priority is defence, he says he wants goals and assists. Lots of them.
He isn't just happy to be joining a storied organization blah, blah, blah, he sees a changing of the guard in the club's immediate future and he wants to be leading it.
"I'm super excited and mot ivated to come over and get a spot on the Oilers," said the Swedish Elite League winger, who signed a three-year entry-level contract Tuesday. "It's almost like they're starting all over again with new guys, and it's a great bunch of guys with (Jordan) Eberle and either (Taylor) Hall or (Tyler) Seguin, and (Sam) Gagner and (Linus) Omark. I want to be a part of that for sure. I think the timing is right for me to come over and I feel ready. It'll be great."
That's what everyone who selected him 10th overall in 2009 is hoping. In addition to swagger, Paajarvi-Svensson stands to fill several other glaring weaknesses on the Oilers' depth chart.
They need size up front and he's already six-foot-two, 201 pounds -- a full 10 months before his 20th birthday.
They desperately need offence and he delivered at the world championships, leading the Swedes in scoring (and finishing third in the tournament) with five goals and four assists in nine games.
They need character and he's a kid who moved out on his own to play in the Swedish Elite League at 16.
He believed in himself then, and he does now.
"After the World Championships I proved to myself that I can play at the highest level," he said. "If I wasn't ready to play in the NHL, I wouldn't have signed. You still have to prove yourself at the camp, so I'm ready for anything.
"But I took a really big step this year in the Elite League and an even bigger step at the world championships. That was a big deal in my decision. Especially after the world championship I felt really ready. I want to come over and see what it's like."
He didn't rip up the Swedish Elite League last season, but was still third in team scoring with 29 points (12G, 17A) in 49 games as an 18 year old.
How good will he be at 22 or 23? It's an exciting question, one that Paajarvi-Svensson himself took a stab at.
"I see myself as an Oiler, taking more responsibility every year," he said. "I want to make a great impact on that team. I want to be an offensive player.
"I know I have to take defensive responsibility, but I want to play offensive hockey, I want to make goals and assists. I've been doing that for the last few years and I'm planning on doing that in the future."
Nobody wants to hear that more than Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, who's been dealt a once-in-a-generation hand with Eberle, Paajarvi-Svensson and the first pick in this month's draft.
"This is an exciting day for the Oilers organization," said Tambellini. "Magnus has demonstrated through his junior and pro career with Team Sweden that he is an explosive player who exhibits great determination going to the net. We look forward to seeing him at his first NHL training camp this fall."