Thread: Speculation: 2013 NHL Entry Draft
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04-09-2013, 05:02 PM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by Coolburn View Post
Im not sure about taking Barkov over Monahan. Barkov needs to work on his skating quite a bit before he's truly NHL ready. I like Monahan's skating a lot as well so that kinda differentiates them in my book. Yes Barkov's potential is maybe higher on offense than Monahan but I don't feel there is that big of a drop off in overall player.
Barkov skates fine. His skating issues are overstated. Barkov was also a fantastic skater when he was younger, but growth spurt caused some issues. Skating is improving all the time. Barkov plays a calm, slower mature game where skating isn't all that important either.

I'd be very content with Monahan, but i definitely would take Barkov over him from what i've seen. I just don't see Barkov not being an excellent NHL player. The skills are there, the Hockey IQ is there, the frame is there and the work ethic is reportedly there.

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