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10-11-2011, 09:31 AM
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For those interested.. I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned the background of Alexandr "Sasha" Barkov Jr. Like people have said he's playing in the FEL as a 16 year-old and is considered a phenom. What makes this so special is the fact his father - Alexandr Barkov Sr. - was a legend for the same team, Tappara, in Tampere, playing there for 10 years in 1994-2004, capping it off with a championship in '03. He in fact was Russian, but his son represents Finland. He had an assist in his first game up and was highly applauded. "We trust him like we'd trust a mountain", told their head coach Dufva, former triple-championship coach for JYP Jyväskylä (for 2009-2011).

I take it the excitement over the kid could be compared to that of Petteri Nummelin, son of Timo Nummelin, becoming a TPS star such like his father years ago.

Like EliteProspects says, he's had 2+1 points in 4 games so far, just averaging 11 min/game. Looking goood.

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