C Aleksander Barkov - Tampere Tappara, FEL (2013 Draft) - Part II
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01-06-2013, 11:59 PM
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I won't dispute the FEL, you guys see him play, I know I was somewhat left wanting from his play at the Worlds, he needs to improve his skating for one, and his play looked lethargic at times. He does display good vision but again it was over limited viewing so I will take the Finnish fans words for it. Jokinen is a rougher player, this I can safely surmise is one advantage he has over Barkov. Is this a fair analysis? In the NHL this is an asset.
Well, the WJC left us all disappointed. I blame his team. He was used too much by his SM-liiga coach and seemed tired. The week before WJC he was also playing European trophy- games upon his SM-liiga games, while the other juniors got rested by their teams...
He is still growing. Playing 20min/g as a 17yr old, in a mens league is a lot. When he also play 1st PK and PP unit its no wonder he has seemed a bit tired the last month. He is IMO the best prospect Finland has had in over a decade. Better than Mikael Granlund, because his size and game is probably better suited for NHL than MiG:s.
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