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01-28-2013, 02:54 PM
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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 pretty impressive if he could make the team as a 17yo without taking part in any of the EHT's.

Even if he was dead tired after the long season, he'd still be hell of a lot better than any of Kummola's saunabuddies, Pyörälä for instance to name one.

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