C Aleksander Barkov - Tampere Tappara, FEL (2013, 2nd overall, Florida) III
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03-22-2013, 03:01 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
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There is clip in youtube where Button evaluates his skating and put it in very good range.
Jarmo Kekäläinen has stated that Barkov is better and faster skater than he looks because he is so big.
Barkov isn't a speed demon like you stated but he is 17 year old 210ish lbs. His skating technique is very good, stride is very good, glide is excellent. When you watch him skating there is clearly just 1 thing which hold him back and it is lack of leg strength carrying 210lbs frame to fast speed. He needs strength on legs getting more power on his strides. That is one of the easiest things to train in hockey. Barkov has improved alot in that area and still does.
He is pretty much as "slow" as Joe Thornton was at 17.
Big guy, long legs, long stride.
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