Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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04-30-2013, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by thomast View Post
Here's some clips off all shifts on a FEL game. It's not highlight reel but every single shift in a game. Player isolation cam? He's the one with golden helmet #16. Remember that he is just 17 playing against men in one of the best leagues in the world.

period 1:

Period 2:

period 3:

It's easy to see where the Thornton comparisons come from for Barkov. He's a big body who reads the game exceptionally well and has some really good puck skills. His goal in the second was a nice piece of coordination, although I like to think an NHL-level goaltender stops that. He also looks slow and very weak on the puck for his size. Some of that can be coached out of him as he develops. I could see him being converted to a winger, especially if Wilson is sliding over to center.

I'm not convinced, based on that sampling, that he's NHL-ready out of the box, but the tools are definitely there for him to be a special player. He wouldn't be a bad selection at all.

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