By John Vogl
Position: Left wing
Junior team: Moncton (QMJHL)
Measurables: 6-foot, 181 pounds
2013-14 stats: 48 games, 25 goals, 43 assists, 68 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 18 (North America)
Lowdown: Barbashev came over from Russia because he likes to battle on the ice. His biggest one came quickly. The coaches shifted him from freewheeling winger to center, where he needed to develop a two-way game. He embraced the challenge and has become solid at both ends of the ice.
While the defense has improved, Barbashev hasn’t lost his offensive skills. He’s a dynamic skater with impressive acceleration. He has the shots to find the net and the creativity to get in position to fire them.
Consistency can be an issue. His effort level isn’t always at its peak.
They said it: “Ivan is a strong skater. He reaches top speed quickly and is a very good playmaker with quick hands. He's not afraid to mix it up, competes one-on-one and battles for pucks. He can be a gamebreaker." – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting.
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