The Florida Panthers got some good news on the injury front when it comes to rookie Aleksander Barkov. Interim Head Coach revealed that Barkov would not need surgery on his injured knee, suffered in Team Finland’s second game of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament. However, Barkov is still out indefinitely and still might miss the rest of the 2013-14 season according to the Fort Lauterdale Sun-Sentinel.
In 54 games with the Panthers this season, Barkov registered 8 goals and 16 assists for a total of 24 points. As one of of the best young Finns in the game of hockey, it was a no-brainer to name him to Team Finland.
Getting his first taste of international competition since the World Juniors, managed an assist in his two games with Finland. If this injury does indeed keep Barkov out for the rest of the NHL season, his next game could very well be for Finland again at the World Championships.
This however, is still a big loss for the Panthers. Barkov is one of the Panthers building blocks for the future and this injury could cost him almost a half season of development. On top of Barkov, the Panthers also lost Tomas Kopecky to a concussion, which he suffered while playing for Slovakia.
The Florida Panthers were never going to be making a push for the playoffs this season, but these injuries obviously still hurt them. Right now, the draw for Panthers fans is to watch the Panthers’ young stars. Now, one of them good be gone for the season.