Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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05-05-2013, 04:03 PM
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Hey guys, I'm no expert, but I wanted to weigh in on this because I'm so excited for our high pick this year!

In the highlight videos, Barkov looks to be a big sized center with tape to tape passing and the ability to use his size to his advantage reminiscent of Joe Thornton. His skating is fine for the way he plays the game. Everyone has seen it, but Craig Button said that Barkov was the best player on the ice for either team in a game that included Mikko Koivu at the beginning of the SM-Liiga season. (Of course, Cody Franson, who played with Elias Lindholm during this lockout, said something along the lines that he would bet that Lindholm becomes a star in the NHL).

Barkov has uncanny defensive and offensive instincts. In the videos, you see him winning puck battles, being in the right positions at all times, and taking advantage of a ridiculous amount of loose pucks. Heck, even the videos that just showed all his shifts in a game looked like highlight videos because he made some kind of impact in each one and was always looking with his "head on a swivel" ala Crispy lol.

The most jaw dropping clip for me was the one where he was fighting two guys for the puck in the corner and made the spinorama, no look pass tape to tape across the ice through at least one set of legs to the goal scorer. There may have been some luck involved there , but there is something to be said for his passing skills.

I'm really excited, it looks like we could get this guy, and if he reaches his potential of a more defensive Jumbo Joe, then we could finally have the number 1 center that we have needed since time immemorial. Oh yeah, and if he were born two weeks later, he would have been eligible for the 2014 draft, the youngest player in the history of SM-Liiga to register a point, had the golden helmet for a while on the Kanada cup runner-up team as a 17 year old.

I don't know about OGIAAG's friend saying that the Preds have Barkov listed as number two in the draft, but there might be some truth to that considering that Steven Hoffner also said in his mock draft that "insiders" say that the Preds are high on Barkov. Barkov also had a really good showing in the final exhibition game vs the USA in the World Junior Championships, which Poile is sure to have if not seen, then certainly heard about. Not to mention we have some some of the best European scouts in the business, so be it Barkov or Lindholm, I'm sure we will get the player we need.

As you can tell, I'm mostly on the Barkov boat. It's a Finnish viking warship, so cue the Ensiferum music and charge forward to the 2013 draft! Are you ready? I know I am!

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