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08-11-2011, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by thomast View Post
Ok, lets start new topic, can Barkov play himself into U-20 roster? I think he would, he would be our number 2 center in my books put more offensive players on his line like in Ivan Hlinka, Barkov balances it. I think we should do 1st line 2A and 2B lines fourth line would be energy line, like last year WJC, it worked well.
Haha first I was like "this dude has serious bias for barkov! No way some 15 year old is going to play in WJC" but then I realized that Määttä is just one year older than Barkov and he played in WJC last year and Granlund played also as a 16 years old. But to answer your question I think that there is just two offensive lines and Barkov isn't physically ready for grinders role so no chance.

I think also that his game isn't at the same level what Granlund's game was when he first played in WJC. Barkov's development has just started to take big steps. Also the roster Granlund broke in wasn't that good we have now.

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