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12-19-2012, 05:57 AM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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It is all about context. This event won't be the sole reason for any dynamic shift in beliefs, it will simply underline what is already there. Nino didn't simply rise to 5th overall solely based on this event, nor do Couturier fall simply because of a mediocre showing on a deep team.

I am most curious to see how Barkov performs. He's still one of the youngest players in the tournament, on a team that is good, but not a top dog, yet he is an elite player in a men's league already. Lindholm too, has a big role in the SEL, so as underagers go, you expect more than usual. Certainly expect more from Barkov/Lindholm than Forsberg last year for instance.

If anything, a player like Nichuskin (I believe he is likely to make it?) has more to gain or lose in regards to the NHL draft through this event than other draft eligible players. You won't have the CHL data/playoffs later on, he doesn't play much with men, and he's Russian. A showing beyond expectations is more important for him than any of the other leading Forward protagonists in this draft IMO.

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