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12-20-2012, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Loffer View Post
But will he need to waer a cage? That would look silly for a "leader" on the ice.
He has been great. Sometimes the pucks don't bounce in or linemates doesen't bury in from wide open nets. It is in this case. I wouldn't worry. Barkov has been consistent during this year and this is biggest pointless stretch for him. Before that he had only few pointless games. The problem for his line is that he plays with bunch of guys who can't match his vision and smartness. Nieminen and Hansen have been really good but they play different game compared to Barkov. When Barkov hits into NHL he get's players who will bury from his set ups and can match his vision. Hansen and Nieminen has tunnel vision after all. Hansen is smart player but in the offensive zone his vision is limited. Not to mention their defenders.

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