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11-16-2012, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
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.
At this point I think the only issue would be his contract with Tappara. It would depend on any potential out clauses he has in his contract, specifically if he has one allowing him to play in the NHL and forgoe the final two years of his contract.

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