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12-16-2012, 03:29 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.
Well Barkov isn't just physically ready he is the smartest player of FEL at age of 17. He can figure out all kind of situations he faces in the game like veteran player. He can play every single situation because of his hockeyIQ, perfect positioning and his skillset. Barkov has incredible poise with the puck. He just make it look easy.

Barkov is clearly an player who is a dream player for coach. He clearly buys 100% the coaches concept and do everything what he have been asked to do.

Of course his strength and frame helps him especially in the defensive zone. His defensive game is about taking space from opposite players and he is excellent at it with his huge reach and big frame but he isn't physically even fully developed yet. His physical potential is much higher. Ville Nieminen his linemate and personal trainer stated that we don't even know his physical limits. He has only scratched the surface of his physical maturity. So he is probably going to be much stronger than he is today despite winning clear majority of men at the board battles already.

Biggest reasons why Barkov can play at this level of game is because of his HockeyIQ, Size and his loyalty to the team concept and to the coach. He just does it all like professional. Putting extra efforts in the training. I've heard that Barkov is always the first guy at the training and last guy to leave from them. Once when his team told Barkov to rest after 4 nation tournament in sundsvall where he was named MVP but the guy tried to sneak out to the team practises but he was caught and coach told him to go rest. This guy just has the passion for this game and passion to be better player and most of all this guy hates to lose more than anything. He's stating already that he wants WJC gold. Everyone knows that it's not realistic but not this guy.

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