2013 Official NHL Draft Discussion Thread
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01-23-2013, 05:27 AM
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Barkov LEADS HIS TEAM IN SCORING ! He's playing against men in Finland. Do you realize how incredble that is. He's got guys that are 35 years old on the team for Pete's sake. I think the second leading scoreer on the team is 35, or more than twice his age !
He also had a solid WJHC
. I'd be surprised if he doesn't go 4th overall behind Jones, Mackinnon & Drouin. Then again, Grigorenko went 12th, when he was rated in the top 5.
Whereas he is naturally a top prospect and will almost surely go top 7 this summer, he certainly wasn't very solid at the WJC. In fact, he left a lot to be desired. He spent many games being invisible, including the 5-1 victory over a severely outmatched Latvia. No-one should let the seven points in six games fool them as all three goals and one assist came in the 8-0 and (meaningless) 11-4 relegation round victories over Germany and Slovakia. The latter game actually truly meant nothing at all as every placement aside from the gold and bronze medal games had been decided by then.
Amongst the big name draft-eligibles, Barkov pretty much was the biggest WJC disappointment.
Pokka for Team Finland:
Having been there and even spoken with Ville, I can say that he was anyhting but happy with his performance and wasn't necessarily as solid as some have been pointing at. Of his tournament production, 2-2-4 and a +8 rating were attained in the aforementioned relegation games against Germany and Slovakia, who were meanial competition, at best. In the initial round, Pokka often had his hands more than full with forwards who tried anything crafty and made a number of poor or uncalled for passes along the way, several of which led directly to icing calls if not to excellent opportunities for opponents. One of his assists actually came on a botched-up pass that got away from him and simply fooled everyone around him. The loose puck was then picked up by a teammate and wristed in very anonymously just over the blueline, one the opposition goaltender had no business letting in. There was little more than lucky circumstance involved there.
This is not to be damning, but the kid was unfortunately a typical symptom of why team Finland ended up in the relegation round... and it weighed heavy on him. I have the distinct impression that he has a very, very difficult time dealing with and coming back from losses.
Just my $0.02 - and granted, due to the arena logistics and the importance of other games, I only saw three of Finland's games live and bits and pieces of others on TV.
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