Anyone have a solid scouting report on Jani Hakanpaa and Teemu Eronen? Especially interested in Eronen since I'll get to see Hakanpaa play at WJC. Based purely on stats it looks like Eronen has taken a step forward this year but also missing some games – is he hurt?
Few words about Barkov. Watched the game against Canada last night and I was quite impressed about his play.
His skating (acceleration and top sdeed) aren't great but he was still quick enough to hold up with Canadians. I was little concerned that the small rink and more speedy game in WJC than in FEL is still too much for him and he couldn't play with his strengths. But I was wrong. He played quite well for 16 year old and his speed was decent. That is great because I think that there still is a lot room to improve his skating and if it is decent enough now I think that it isn't barrier for him to become a very solid NHLer. He is big and strong for his age but if you look at him he has room to add muscle and power and that could boost his skating quite much. And also the skating technique has some things that he could improve to get an extra gear.
Some people in other threads said that he has to be more brave and add confident in his game but I have to disagree a bit.. Obiviously he isn't used to the tempo that is in smaller rink and in this level of play and that was the thing why he wasn't able to stood up more in this pre-game. He always plays with patient and calmness and I think that he was few times a bit too calm and did his decisions too slow because he is used to had more time. The pregame against slovakia and I think that he gets used to the tempo and knows what works in this level and what doesen't.
I dont expect miracles from him but I think that he could still imrove his game from last night's game and maybe score few points in the tournament.
BTW: The thing what people IMO have to pay attention when watching Barkov play is how he uses his stick to get the puck. It's just amazing. He plays with very long stick and uses it very well to steal the puck.