With the sixth-overall selection in the 2013 FanSided NHL Mock Draft, the Calgary Flames select, from Tappara of SM-liiga, Aleksander Barkov.
The Finnish forward hails from Tampere, the city in which his club plays in, and has recorded 21 goals and 28 assists for a total of 48 points 53 games. He also registered 5 playoff assists in as many games.
Barkov signed a contract extension with Tappara for next season, which is likely where he will spend the 2013-14 season.
Listed at 6-2, 205, Barkov isn’t your typical Scandinavian player. His size allows him to endure a more physical game, one in which he enjoys.
Per Elite Prospects –
“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.”