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12-29-2012, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Interactif View Post
It's not the NHL, right. Different league, how many Finns that played well there have been stars in the NHL. Here is a list spanning the last 10 years of the best player voted in SM Liiga:

2002 Janne Ojanen, Tappara
2003 Antti Miettinen, HPK
2004 Timo Pärssinen, HIFK
2005 Tim Thomas, Jokerit
2006 Tony Salmelainen, HIFK
2007 Cory Murphy, HIFK
2008 Ville Leino, Jokerit
2009 Juuso Riksman, Jokerit
2010 Jori Lehterä, Tappara
2011 Ville Peltonen, HIFK
2012 TomᚠZáborský, Ässät

Can Barkov play goal, temper your ethusiasm Ernie, he may be an intriguing prospect, and he does have 28 pts in 32 games in a mens league, important to look at those names above.
Almost all lacked/lack hockey sense or other important ability that is needed in NHL, faster paced, smaller rink. None of them were 17, some 10 years older or more.

Barkov may have issues with grit and skating. Skating is pretty good, considering how fast he's grown and how he has improved over the year and even the season. I'm pretty sure it will continue to improve. At worst, he would be average skater.

Grit isn't weakness but it doesn't show up with he's play style that much. Also has to do with that they are playing in FEL.

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