C Aleksander Barkov - Tampere Tappara, FEL (2013 Draft) - Part II
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11-16-2012, 11:58 AM
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Craig Button states that Barkov right now is darn close to be NHL-ready(he just turned 17 2 months go) by next october he will be definetly NHL-ready according to Button. I fully agree with him. Barkov was FEL ready as 16 year old, played U-20 league as 15 year old.
Have there been many NHL-players who have played their entire first season as 18 year old
? Barkov has very good chances to do it.
Seems to happen once every few years, guys like RNH, Skinner and Crosby all spring to mind in terms of post-lockout examples. It also depends on your birthday, since it's only possible for players born between mid April and mid September.
Regardless, I agree with Button, Barkov looks more or less NHL ready right now. Offensively he's already at a 2nd-3rd line level, physically he's very mature, he's positionally excellent, he makes very few mistakes, and plays very good defence. I have to imagine he'd do just fine in the NHL right from the start.
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