Finland's Aleksander Barkov suffers injury, done at Olympics

Aleksander Barkov (right) is done at the Olympics. (USATSI)
Aleksander Barkov (right) is done at the Olympics. (USATSI)

Finland suffered some major injury blows before the tournament even began, but another lower-body injury will cost a Finnish forward the tournament. Aleksander Barkov is done at the Olympics after sustaining a knee injury in Finland’s win over Norway, per multiple reports.

The 18-year-old Florida Panthers rookie missed most of the third period against Norway after going down with the injury. He had one assist through his two appearances in Sochi.

This really puts Finland in a bind up front as they’re short three NHL caliber forwards and now they can’t replace Barkov. That will put a lot more on the shoulders of young Mikael Granlund, who has been fantastic in Olympic play so far.

Only time will tell how bad this injury is to Barkov, but he’s obviously been a strong presence for the Panthers this season. The rookie has 24 points through his first 54 NHL games this year.

More than anything, the Panthers won't want him to miss out on some key development time this season, but it's too bad Barkov's first major event had to end early.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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