C Aleksander Barkov - Tampere Tappara, FEL (2013 Draft) - Part II
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01-28-2013, 02:31 PM
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I don't see the nastiness of Joe Thornton in him. Barkov doesn't shy away from physical play, but he isn't as mean as Thornton. I've always liked the Anze Kopitar comparisons. Excellent defensively, amazing hands, high hockey IQ, strong with the puck, but isn't the best skater in terms of explosiveness and speed.
I see Joe Thornton (current Joe Thornton, not 100-point Joe Thornton, although this incarnation is the superior player) in him, but I wouldn't argue with a Kopitar comparison. Big and hulking, average skating and quickness, elite defensive play, great vision and hockey IQ, extremely hard to knock off the puck-- essentially what you're saying. I'd agree that he seems to be a bit more of a low-key personality than Joe.
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