Barkov scored two goals in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Flyers on Tuesday. The 23-year-old is off to a strong start with three goals and four points in four games. Last season, Barkov nearly averaged a point per game, and he will be a candidate to do that again in 2018-19. But, don't expect much else fantasy production. While his plus-9 rating, 14 PIM and 17 power-play points from last season are respectable, they are pedestal in fantasy realms.
Barkov saw heavy power-play time (4:55) but also logged 2:48 on the penalty kill in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay. There's a reason Barkov was fourth in votes for the Selke trophy last season. Barkov is a critical part of head coach Bob Boughner's experiment with using five forwards on his top power play. Boughner wanted Barkov to quarterback the power play rather than station himself down low. Also, even when killing penalties, Barkov remains a threat to score as he led the league in shorthanded goals last season with five.
Barkov was announced as a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy. It is certainly a well-deserved nomination for the budding star. Barkov finished the regular season with a career highs in assists (51), points (78), games played (79) and average time on ice (22:04). The 22-year-old center continues to improve his game on both ends of the ice but fell just short of leading his team to the postseason. Expect more big things from him in the 2018-19 season.
General manager Dale Tallon indicated Tuesday that Barkov (shoulder) wasn't suffering from a serious issue and could have returned to the lineup in Game 1 or 2 of the playoffs, freelance sports writer Harvey Fialkov reports. Barkov appears in no danger of missing time when the team returns to practice in the fall given the news. The Panthers could have used his efforts down the stretch as they aimed for a playoff berth, but he has at least avoided a major injury. Barkov finished the campaign with a career-high 78 points -- 27 goals and 51 assists -- and should go in the early rounds of 2018-19 drafts.
Barkov (undisclosed) will not return to the lineup in either of the team's two remaining regular-season contests, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. While Barkov could make his way back for the start of the playoffs, the team will have to make it there without his services. The star pivot closes out the regular season having amassed a career-high 78 points -- 27 goals and 51 assists -- over 79 games. Considering the minor nature of the issue, he should be ready to roll by the time fall camp rolls around should the Panthers be eliminated from playoff contention.
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