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03-29-2013, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Oan View Post

What I don't understand is that why some people now think that this affects his draft ranking? This is Barkovs first "bigger" injury iirc, and he hasn't been prone to injuries before, and the situation which resulted to this injury was mostly due to bad luck.

He has already had a monster of a season, and I'd be amazed if he goes outside top 4.
No one has claimed that it will hurt his stock. The thing is that there is less than a month left from the season. He is already playing NHL13 according to his twitter. So it's most likely a shoulder injury. It remains to see if it needs surgery but if not he will be in full condition at the combine. Now he can improve his skating by riding bike, getting more leg strength and doing skating practices. The main thing is that Barkov was doing excellent at playoffs until the injury. He was arguably series MVP until the injury and constantly good in every game. Galchenyuk was injured for a year and went top 3. Connolly, Rielly and many others went top 5 when they were injured for most of the year. Barkov misses about 1 month which isn't much for the NHL scouts. It's a shame that Barkov is not playing in semifinals or WHC but excited seeing him at combine and the draft.

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