Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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04-29-2013, 10:19 PM
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Some good analysis regarding Barkov:

Some scouts challenge Barkov’s skating ability and speed. But that is a result of his tremendous positioning skills. His smarts allow him to decipher the play and creatively weave throughout the ice eyeing the puck movement. By doing this he appears to be gliding and not skating hard, which is a gross underestimation of his abilities. Barkov has very good skating skills and can turn on the jets if he needs to burn a defender from the outside.


No Finnish-born player has ever been selected number one overall in the NHL Draft. If Barkov were born two weeks later, he would have been available for the 2014 NHL Draft, and would’ve been the consensus number one pick. Because of the elite CHL talent entering this draft, the European skater’s stock is dropping to no fault of his own. Barkov has the array of abilities and sky-high ceiling to be a top pick.

Highlight Montage: Check out the 1:40 mark and the pin-point pass. Love his natural knack for rebounds also.

Perfect Reverse-Datsyuk SO goal:

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