Elias Lindholm vs Barkov
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01-05-2013, 04:02 PM
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There's still small edge to Barkov. WJC's didn't change anything for me though I was little disappointed in Barkov but there are many reasons for he's less-than-spectacular performance; and none of them is that he wouldn't have talent.
Nothing against Lindholm, would be pretty happy for example if Wings drafted Lindholm, he's Järnkrok's cousin for example. But on the other hand, Barkov would fit Wings puck posession game so well.
Lindholm is definitely more flashier. Barkov has questions about his offensive upside imo. I think he will be 60 point near selke level C anyway, if he doesn't reach his full potential. He plays very defensive style for that age, his point totals could easily be higher if he cherry-picked more. Scouts will see that. He's outplayed many NHLers this year though one could question their compete level in FEL.
Both kids are playing absolutely stellar seasons in their respective leagues, Lindholm is playing at least as well as Bäckström and iirc some scouts/coaches have said that he's better than Bäcks was at the same age. Not that it proves much though.
Barkov is having the best season of Finnish draft eligible players since.. forever basically.
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You're putting too much weight on the skating. Tavares is fine example that you can develop skating easily if you work hard. but you can't get more height and hockey IQ. Barkov is also over 10cm bigger than Tavares.
Not everyone can improve their skating like Tavares did, though. Tavares is exceptional player in many ways.. like hopefully Barkov some day.
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Not that this should influence the poll at all, but just curious, are either committed to stay in Europe (or military duty) next year, or would either be able to play in the NHL if good enough to make it?
He may not have to go because of dual-citizen ship and even if he had to go it would hurt his preparation little to none. Koivu was in the army 2 years ago. Didn't seem to hurt him. Mikael Granlund too, kid was there for 16 days and at least one week of that was for on-ice training iirc.
Athletes have their own 'army' in Finland and hockey players have it the easiest, by far. Making other athletes very happy ofc.
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