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11-16-2012, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by thomast View Post
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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