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12-24-2012, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mirasane View Post
Jokinen might physically and skill-wise be closest to Barkov but mentally Barkov should be way ahead. In 1996 when Jokinen transferred from KalPa to HIFK in FEL and became the top hockey prodigy of Finland it REALLY got into his head.

I don't know what he was like in the locker room but at least outside it he was really cocky. Saying "Don't you know who I am?" in public place is always a great way to make a fool of yourself. I remember hearing that Jokinen used those words as 18-19yo when he met a famous Finnish Formula 1 driver in a nightclub.

I am quite sure Barkov doesn't have same kind of attitude problem as Jokinen did in his age. Jokinen matured in North America (maybe because of Keenan) but Barkov isn't even in need of such school.
I don't mind cockiness as long as an athlete can back it up, really if you look at Jokenin's 17 year old stats, they are uncannily similar to Barkov's when you project Barkov's to a full season. Both are similar in size and stature, and both came from SM Liiga with heady promise of a hockey prodigy. Heck they even might go 3rd overall in the NHL entry draft. Very similar paths.

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