Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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04-30-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
Ok better question and this comes from someone doesn't watch SM-liiga. Should we even look at Barkov's stats? Is this Finnish league strong right now? Is he putting up those stats because the league isn't as good? I'm not singling out SM-liiga as you can say this about any league. Just asking if we should even use his stats at all.
First of all Barkov broke up every possible record for draft eligible player in FEL and most of the season it was against NHL-lockout players. We actual saw him playing against players like Mikko Koivu, Erik Karlsson, Rich Peverley, Jussi Jokinen and many more NHL-players. Barkov actually played with Jannik Hanssen and was better than him. Hanssen is considered as strong defensive player but Barkov was as good if not better. I saw him matched against Mikko Koivu who is #1 C in the NHL and he outplayed him in every way(Craig Button talks about it). Saw him making Jussi Jokinen as nonfactor and putting up 3 assist against him and Jason Demers. Barkov has faced very good competition and was able to step up and outplay them. Impressive year overall but when you think that majority of the season was against NHL-lockout players it makes it even more special.

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