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12-02-2012, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Oan View Post
Not true, Barkov is already more or less ready for NHL, and come next October, he is 100% ready.

Also, the thing is, why should Barkov be explosive skater, if it isn't a part of his game? Why it is held against him, if he is efficient without it? Are Joe Thornton and Mikko Koivu explosive skaters?
Skating is a fundamental. If you are that much better than your competition at the fundamentals of the game, while being on par or slightly better than the next best guy in the draft as far as offensive skills are considered, you're going to be considered the better player.

Barkov doesn't have to be an explosive skater, but he does need to be better at it, he will succeed. Just that MacKinnon's explosiveness, elusiveness, agility, is going to make him that much more dimensional than Barkov, it will give him another tool that can push defenders back, never underestimate what speed can do for you in a game. MacKinnon's speed sets him apart from everyone else while you can't say that anyone is significantly better in any of the offensive categories. You can find someone who has a better shot or has better vision, but you won't find anyone who has both at a significantly better level than MacKinnon.

For example.
MacKinnon: Skating A+ Shooting A Playmaking A- Strength A- Size B+ Hockey Sense A+
Versus a competitor: Skating B Shooting A+ Playmaking A Strength A Size A Hockey Sense A.

You're going to give the edge to MacKinnon.

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