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03-25-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Reduxs View Post
I'm not saying he's not elite. I just think we need another high end forward that has elite speed that can create problems for the other team at even strength. I just have reservations using a high pick on a guy who scouts say is a "below average skater." It's somewhat obvious when Coots is on the ice that his skating ability is holding him back a little.
There's a big gap between "elite" and "below average". Many scouts put a "fringe" to "below average" rating on Couturier's skating. Most scouts have Barkov pegged as average and actually say he's got good technique, just needs to add some leg strength.

I'm not saying I necessarily want Barkov, but he will end up being a better skater than Couturier. He reminds me a lot of Kopitar.

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