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12-16-2012, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by steffeG View Post
I'd like the posters who are following Barkov on a week-to-week basis to discuss how much of an advantage his frame and "ready" body has on him being further ahead than all but a couple of guys in the world in his age group. This has often been a problem with Swedish prospects as the physically mature ones have been exposed to men's league action earlier and excelled due to the fact that they're more ready and better equipped to handle it.
Sure it helps him succeed; but IMO even if he would be like Joel Armia when he broke into SM-liiga (so basically a pole), he would still be able to play at a high level. He's so smart that I think he could succeed playing a play style that would fit a weaker version of him too.

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