F Ivan Barbashev - Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL (2014, 33rd overall, St. Louis)
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10-27-2012, 11:29 AM
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Seems to really be trying out there and seemed to have a great attitude which is great to see. Puck skills are evident and good hockey sense as well. His linemate Jaskin when he has the puck does is not as willing to give up the puck which is evident in his stats where he has alot more goals than assists. On the pp was on a unit with Duruelle and other players with very limited skills who couldn't seem to handle a simple pass. Seemed to be very snake-bitten this year so hopefully the goal can get him going. I feel if he were on a stronger team he would be having more success or playing in a league like the OHL or WHL where the bottom teams aren't quite as weak as the weak teams in the Q. The Q is much stronger this year but I don't think there is much parity. Some teams are loaded with 5-6 elite prospects and serviceable capable players while others have maybe one legit NHL prospect if they are lucky.
When you look at Moncton they are supposed to be among the top 5-6 teams in the league. The problem is they are very top-heavy, they have 5 very good forwards that should be carrying this team.
Unfortunately, Barbashev is among those 5, but he is still very young and adjusting. So right now they are struggling. It is true that aside from those 5 guys, they don't have a whole lot on forward. Guys like Penny and Deruelle are far cry from what teams like Halifax and Boisbriand have on their 2nd and 3rd lines.
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