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01-28-2013, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Gaps View Post
SM-liiga will take a break due to international games next week. The men, the U18's and the U20's will all play in a tournament, but Barkov's going to rest.

They wanted him on the men's team though:

Tappara asked the national team management not to choose Barkov to the team and let him rest instead. Team GM Jari Kurri says it's understandable due to the heavy game load but that he's regarded very highly by the men's team's management. My guess is that he'll debut in the men's team in the WC.
Would be impressive for him
to be men national team player as 17 year old. I think that he has chance to be in the WHC team as 3rd centre playing mostly in a shutdown role just like he was playing in the WJC as 16 year old at calgary & edmonton.

But i love that fact that Jari Kurri already stated that Barkov is an strong candidate and one of the top players in their list.

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