Thread: Prospect Info: Aleksander Barkov (signed 7/15/13)
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07-01-2013, 01:04 AM
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Aleksander Barkov (signed 7/15/13)

I figured we should have a thread with the sole purpose to discuss Barkov, considering his choice today is going to have a pretty big impact on our future.

Let me begin by stating that I love the pick. I would have been very happy with any of Barkov, MacKinnon or Drouin. I think our management made a very wise decision on passing on Jones. We didn't need to roll the dice with a defensman; especially not when 3 elite-level talents are available up front.

Another reason I really like the pick is his age. I read a book called "outliers" a while ago and there was a chapter specifically on how most elite NHL players are born later in the year. Because of their birthdate, they're always forced to play against players that are older and more mature than they are (even as children). They're used to playing against players that are more physically mature. It makes projecting their transition to the NHL much easier. Barkov takes that "outlier" to the extreme as he was playing against men double his age, and succeeding (to say the least). Jones on the other hand, was one of the oldest of the draft class. I really did not want us to take Jones at all and am extremely relieved we didn't.

Since we have alot of our finnish friends stopping by now that we took their countryman - can anyone tell me how Barkov's play/statistics compare to other high-first rounders in prior years coming out of the FEL?

From what I can tell, Mikko Koivu (a legit-#1 center in the NHL today) had 4 goals and 3 assists in 48 games during his draft year at the same age. why is there such a drastic difference. is Barkov that good? Are there any other comparables you can present to us to give us an idea how good you think Barkov could/should be?

Also, i thought I'd include some of Barkov's highlights from youtube. my jaw hit the floor with some of his shootout moves...this guys hands are absolutely ridiculous.







also...this pass couldn't have possibly have been on purpose....could it?



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