As one of the youngest prospects in this year's draft, Aleksander "Sasha" Barkov is intriguing for many reasons, and probably out of the Flames' reach at sixth overall. Barkov is predicted to be snapped up immediately after the likes of Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. He was selected second overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2012 but played for Tappara of the Finnish SM-Liiga instead, where he scored 21 goals and 48 points in 53 games. For Finland at the World Juniors, Barkov scored three times and added four assists in six games. At 6"2 and 205 lbs., Barkov is no shrinking violet either. His size and his ability to protect the puck and out-muscle his opponents have propelled him up the rankings. His improvement from just seven goals and 16 points in 32 games in 2011-12 to scoring at almost a point-per-game pace in 53 games in 2012-13 at just 17 years of age has also drawn the attention of scouts, who say that his size and offensive talents make up for what he lacks in other areas of his game.
2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Aleksander Barkov
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