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12-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kemisti View Post
Barkov, likely a top 5 pick, certainly won't be in similar position to Filppula. He's probably going to get he's first chance as soon as next year. Flip and Leino were both late-boomers. Leino hit NHL at 26, Flip at 22-23. Barkov is likely playing regularly before he turns 20.
True. Top picks get lot of chances to show their talent, Tuomo Ruutu for example and he was only 9th pick. It's different to late bloomers. They really have to be good to get their opportunity.

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