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12-18-2012, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by kemisti View Post
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.
He is more polished than the others, but that doesn't make him older than he is. The reason he plays so much is that he's such a complete package and a real asset to Tappara, but that doesn't mean he should play as much as he does.

Granlund's exhaustion wasn't just due to all the media hype. He also played a lot for HIFK, and even though he was two years older than Barkov is now, I'm sure it took its toll on him.

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