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Best Nordic forward since Forsberg?

Going strictly by the numbers, even at fourth overall (his expected draft position) Aleksander Barkov might be a steal of a deal. An analysis of first round picks out of the top men’s leagues in Sweden and Finland since 1990 shows that only Peter Forsberg can layclaim to a superior season at the same age.

The following chart shows every first round pick to play at least 25 games in Finland’s SM-liiga or Sweden’s Elitserien. Also shown are those players’ ages in their draft year, offensive production, and “NHL82” – the number of expected NHL points over an 82 game season, based on Gabriel Desjardins’ league equivalencies.

Barkov comps

The rest of the article can be found here:

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/04/27/statistically-aleksander-barkov-is-the-most-promising-nordic-forward-since-peter-forsberg/

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