Joel Armia - Ässät, SM-liiga
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10-18-2012, 01:02 PM
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Comparing Barkov to Armia doesn't make any sense. Barkov will likely go top 5, probably top 3 in this year's draft. I think if he was from North America he would be labeled a franchise talent the way MacKinnon is. In fact on many lists during the year he will probably be listed #2 behind Jones and before MacKinnon from time to time. His age really doesn't matter when comparing him to Armia, everyone but Armia's mother knows that Barkov is the better player.
That doesn't mean Armia can't have a good NHL career.
No, but it makes you question just how good his NHL career will end up being.
Barkov is out there competing every shift, making things happen, and is being trusted to be the most important player for his team as a young 17 year old and 19 year old Armia is most likely floating around waiting for an opportunity to pounce and subsequently turn the puck over.
They're fundamentally different players, but it's still disconcerting to see the gap between the two.
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