Trading Up Part II: The Midnight Barkov
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06-11-2013, 07:02 PM
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When Kassian was drafted, many pointed out how he "was a man playing amongst boys" in junior because of his physical development being so mature. That didn't mean anything as we all saw when his mental and emotional maturity wasn't equally advanced. There have been other highly-touted prospects that dominated leagues with older players on talent and size alone but didn't translate that dominance once entering the NHL/AHL.
That argument doesn't really make sense because Kassian was playing in juniors. Of course he dominated, he was more physically developed than the rest of the league. That's exactly what Jame is arguing against. Guys like Barkov and Lindholm aren't playing well against guys that are less developed than they are, they're playing well against guys that are more developed than they are.
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