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05-29-2013, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Byrddog View Post
A very calm center who uses his vision well, Barkov has an excellent offensive game and good size. His very good passing and puckhandling combined with great hands and hockey sense make him a big offensive threat. He plays with high confidence and never seems to be under pressure. Barkov is a creative with a very solid overall package and the skill set to compensate for his below-average skating, making him one of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft. (Matias Strozyk, 2012)

This from eliet prospects again below average skating.
Skating can be fixed. Things like vision and hockey IQ are things that cannot be coached. I'd rather have a prospect that already has traits that come inherently rather than through coaching, and whose biggest knock is something that can be rectified as opposed to a prospect who skates like the wind but doesn't have the best vision or hockey sense.

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