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.
Barkov left Thursday's 3-2 win over the Bruins in the third period due to an undisclosed injury, freelance sports writer Harvey Fialkov reports. Barkov suffered the injury when Boston's Colby Cave crushed him with a big hit with only a few minutes remaining in Thursday's tilt. The star center immediately headed to the Panthers' locker room and was unable to return to the contest. Coach Bob Boughner didn't have an update on Barkov's status after the game, but said "it didn't look good when he left the ice," Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. The Panthers need to win their final two games in order to have any shot at making the playoffs, so it'd obviously be a huge blow to their chances if Barkov is dealing with a long-term injury. Florida should release an update on the Finnish forward's status ahead of Saturday's matchup with Buffalo.
Barkov dished out two assists in Tuesday's 7-2 win over Ottawa. The Finnish star has been sensational over the past 14 games, accruing six goals and 13 assists in that stretch. Barkov's made the leap to stardom with 73 points in 70 appearances this season, and he's raising his level down the stretch with a playoff berth on the line for his club.
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