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12-18-2012, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Gaps View Post
I can't help but think that he plays too much per game considering his age. Sadly I have to say that if it turns out during the WJC that he's as exhausted as Mikael Granlund was last year, I won't be very surprised.

His TOI tonight was 21.22, his average time on ice per game this season so far is 19.35.

In comparison, here are the SM-liiga ATOIs for some of Finland's U20 team's forwards:

Joel Armia 16.06
Markus Granlund 16.12
Teuvo Teräväinen 15.22
Miro Aaltonen 13.57
Juuso Ikonen 13.48
Artturi Lehkonen 16.00

And some of the players mentioned above play in their team's top line.
He's more complete and polished than any of those.

Last two are as young as Barkov, Aaltonen shouldn't be playing close to 20 mins. TT plays on a balanced team, as does Granlund who neither should be there for 20 mins. Armia has been suffering from injuries this season so I think that drops he's ATOI a little.

Mikael had way too much other BS going on around him after WCs. Barkov is getting nowhere near that amount of hype and the bad stuff that comes along with it.

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