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10-02-2012, 05:30 AM
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FiLe
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Whoa. Talk about jumping the gun.

As of right now, Barkov is an upper echelon SM-liiga centre, which is nothing short of impressive for a 17-year-old. And yeah, his projection is a bona fide NHL star player.

But coaches don't usually pick players for major tournaments based on what they are going to be. (Doubly so if the coach is J.Jalonen.) I've no doubt that in a couple of years he's very close to the top of our centre depth chart, if not right there at the first seed.

But as of right now? There are still a handful of more veteran players who are going to get the nod before him. So let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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