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12-19-2012, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
I don't know if size is all that important at that point. What's the difference between 6'3'' and 6'6'' for a forward? For a defenseman, I get the point, but for a forward? You need to have a strong core, but height is a tad overrated. Just look at the very best player in the game, who's 5'11'' but over 200 lbs. In my opinion, fundamentals is a blend of balance and strength. Mackinnon is well built for a kid of his age. I don't think he'll have that much trouble to impose himself in the big league.
What impresses me about Barkov is less his pure height (though he's probably about 6'4" for what it's worth, so that's a plus; the picture probably makes him look slightly bigger than he is) but just how big his frame is. He's built like a football player. And while he might not have the elite breakaway speed of someone like Mackinnon (and speed is why Mackinnon is still special), he's faster than someone that big should be.

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