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01-02-2013, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Gaps View Post
Whether he was disappointing or not depends on what you were expecting to see. If you'd seen some of his last SM-liiga games, you'd have seen even then that he was tired. When you're exhausted, you need time off and a lot of rest, but Barkov didn't get any of it because Rautakorpi decided to take him along for the ET games. Based on that, people should have known that he wasn't going to be a monster in this tournament, because the fatigue doesn't disappear overnight.
I agree with this fully. He has been a disappointment compared to his level of play in October, but towards the end of the year he has looked exhausted in FEL and U20 tournament is just part of continuum. Young players never can keep up their pace throughout long season even when getting ordinary amount of responsibility considering their age and average ice time Barkov has clocked has been never heard of for a 17 year old in FEL.

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