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11-16-2012, 02:13 PM
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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.
Patrick Marleau turned 18 about two weeks before playing his first NHL game. Was barely 18 1/2 when the season ended. Also Crosby, Skinner, etc. So it's not impossible. Plus, I'm sure Mackinnon will, and he's a day older than Barkov.

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