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02-22-2013, 06:19 AM
Joe MacMillan
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Originally Posted by Reini29 View Post
Barkov is the best 2-way player in FEL. There's no question about it. I think his defensive skills are better than his offensive skills. Definitely a future selke-candidate, especially if his offense translates to enough points. Many people are wondering if he's got what it takes offensively, but im sure he'll be 2nd line caliber in that aspect. Not the same type of player, but his value in NHL will be similar to Patrice Bergeron IMO.
I agree. His defensive awareness is something that really stands out in his game, even more so than his offensive output, which is pretty remarkable considering he is almost a PPG player in the FEL.

EDIT: If they awarded a Selke-type trophy for the best defensive forward in SM-liiga I think Barkov would be a very strong candidate to win it.

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