Aleksander Barkov

Aleksander Barkov

28-Year-Old CenterC
Florida Panthers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After a career-best 1.31 points per game during the 2021-22 season, Barkov took a step back offensively last year. He pocketed 23 goals - his lowest since the shortened 2019-20 campaign - and 78 points through 68 games. The 27-year-old averaged a career-high 4:06 of power-play ice time and tallied eight goals and 30 points to show for it. Even in a down year, Barkov has an elite offensive ceiling in a high-powered lineup. He'll be Florida's workhorse center again during the 2023-24 season while maintaining his role on the top power-play unit. Barkov has missed a combined 29 games over the last two years; if he can stay healthy, he should get back near the 90-point range. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Panthers in October of 2021.
Two points in Thursday's win
CFlorida Panthers
June 13, 2024
Barkov scored a goal, dished an assist, added two hits, logged two PIM and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Oilers in Game 3.
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Barkov was initially questionable after suffering an upper-body injury in Game 2 on Monday, but he was ultimately able to avoid missing time. That proved to be a great thing for the Panthers, as Barkov helped out on Sam Reinhart's first-period tally and scored the game-winner himself in the second. Barkov is up to seven goals, 21 points, 50 shots on net, 43 hits and a plus-4 rating through 20 playoff appearances.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
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    19:38
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    3:31
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Making progress toward return
CFlorida Panthers
June 12, 2024
Barkov, who sustained an upper-body injury during Monday's 4-1 victory over Edmonton, skated in a regular jersey Wednesday, per George Richards of Florida Hockey Now, which is a good sign as he works toward potentially playing in Game 3 against the Oilers on Thursday.
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Barkov has two assists across two games in the Stanley Cup Finals, which brings him up to six goals and 19 points through 19 playoff outings this year. He also contributed 23 goals and 80 points in 73 regular-season contests in 2023-24. Barkov skated on the top line alongside Evan Rodrigues and Sam Reinhart at the morning skate, according to Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site. In the event that Barkov doesn't play Thursday, then Anton Lundell might take Barkov's place on that unit.
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It was another stellar season for Barkov in 2021-22, as the big Finn potted a career-best 39 goals in addition to 49 assists and 26 points with the man advantage. He was also a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward for a second straight year. The lone negative regarding Barkov's campaign was a knee injury which cost him 13 of 14 games from mid-November to mid-December. Durability has been an issue for Barkov - he's played more than 80 games just once in nine NHL seasons - but he's a stud when healthy and well worth the early-round fantasy investment he will cost in your league this year.
Barkov once again proved that he's one of the NHL's best all-around skaters in 2020-21 -- he racked up 26 goals and 58 points in 50 games and took home the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Finnish center is 12th among all skaters with 294 points. He's also averaged at least 20 minutes of ice time in each of those four seasons. Barkov will enter the 2021-22 campaign as Florida's first-line center and a key member of the team's top power-play unit where he scored 19 of his 58 points last campaign. His consistency and high ceiling make him a safe bet as one of the top forwards on any fantasy roster.
Barkov took a step back in 2019-20 after breaking out to the tune of 35 goals and 61 assists in 82 games in 2018-19, but he was still a rock-solid fantasy option, totaling 20 goals, 42 assists, 20 power-play points and 172 shots on goal in 66 contests during the NHL's abbreviated regular season. The second overall pick from the 2013 draft could definitely return to the 35-goal, 1.17 point-per-game form he displayed in 2018-19, but for fantasy purposes, virtual managers would be wise to assume he'll produce closer to 25 goals and 80 points over the course of a full season heading into 2020-21. While that's not necessarily elite production, it's more than enough to make him a high-end second or third option at forward for virtual rosters, making him worthy of a early-to-mid round pick in this year's fantasy drafts.
Barkov had been known as one of the league's most underrated players for a while, but it's safe to say he's become a household name after exploding for a career-best 96 points last season. Despite taking only 206 shots after firing 256 in 2017-18, Barkov watched his goal total climb from 27 to 35, and he took his power-play production to the next level with 13 goals and 31 points. There's little not to like about the Finn, who has already logged 413 NHL contests before his 24th birthday. A healthy Barkov should push for his first 100-point season on a Florida team that expects to be a contender after signing star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky this offseason.
In his fifth NHL season, Barkov enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 campaign, posting 27 goals and a career-high 78 points. It was largely due to his increased role, averaging 22:04 minutes of ice time per game and putting 256 shots on net in 79 games -- all career bests. The Finnish centerman will only be 23 years old prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, but he's established himself as one of the best two-way forwards the league has to offer. Barkov should continue in his role as top-line center as well as being a pivotal member of the top power-play unit.
A budding star at center with size and talent in spades, Barkov has garnered Selke Trophy votes in three of his four seasons and cleared 50 points in two straight campaigns, but he’s been unable to stay healthy thus far in his young career. Barkov sat out 21 games to injury last year, bringing his career total to 76 missed contests -- almost a full season’s worth of development lost. Even so, he’s already one of the best and most reliable young power forwards in the game when healthy, and the Finn is certainly the undisputed No. 1 center on the Panthers. He forms a fantastic scoring duo with Jonathan Huberdeau, but it wouldn't hurt to see Barkov shoot the puck more, and both top-line stars will have to stay healthy to help the Panthers bounce back after a nightmare season.
Barkov took the league by storm with 28 goals and 59 points in 66 games last season, and he doesn’t even turn old enough to celebrate that success with a drink until September. Indeed, this Barkov’s got plenty of bite, but the 6-foot-3 Finn needs to turn in a full NHL campaign, as he hasn’t yet played more than 71 games in his three seasons. Still, he took a major step forward on the defensive side in his third NHL campaign, finishing with a plus-18 rating after combining for a minus-7 mark in his first two. His combination of talent and discipline should make Barkov a Lady Byng Trophy candidate for years to come, and 2013’s No. 2 overall pick could just be scratching the surface of his potential.
The second overall pick in 2013, Barkov made positive strides in 2014-15, totaling 16 goals and 20 assists in 71 games. While his shooting percentage was very high at 13.0 percent, the teenaged Barkov showed a goal-scoring knack that was missing from his rookie season, when he found net just eight times. The 6-foot-3 centerman is still growing into his body, and with more opportunities on the power play, he should continue to see strong point production as he begins his age-20 season. Pivoting one of the Panthers' top two lines certainly won't hurt his cause, either. With a ton of promise and talented linemates, Barkov is a good depth option in most formats and is worth grabbing while you still can in keeper leagues.
Barkov's promising rookie season was cut short by a knee injury suffered while playing for Finland at the 2014 Olympics. On the bright side, the 18-year-old was playing for a medal contender at the world's best hockey tournament in the midst of a strong rookie season. Barkov is expected to be fully healthy for the start of the season and should be the Panthers' top center, likely lining up with fellow promising youngster Jonathan Huberdeau. Barkov's potential is as a top two-way center and elite playmaker in the NHL. It wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 50-point plateau in his sophmore season. He's going to find a place in all fantasy leagues this year.
The Cats took Barkov second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, and the 17-year-old has a very bright future ahead of him. He just signed a $3.575 million contract this summer, so it looks like that future is now. He'll be asked to step in right away and score for the team with the second-lowest payroll in the NHL. He won't be at the front of most fantasy owners' minds on draft day, but if he starts out the season well don't be afraid to pick him up early before everybody else catches on. If his 48 points in 53 games in the Finnish SM-liiga last season are any indication of his potential, the youngster could be an offensive force once he settles into the North American game.
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Good to go for Game 3
CFlorida Panthers
June 13, 2024
Barkov (upper body) will play in Thursday's Game 3 versus the Oilers, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Making progress
CFlorida Panthers
Upper Body
June 11, 2024
Barkov (upper body) is progressing ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday against Edmonton, according to Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.
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No update after game
CFlorida Panthers
Undisclosed
June 10, 2024
Barkov suffered an apparent injury during Monday's Game 2 win over Edmonton. There was no update on his status after the game, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Dishes pair of assists
CFlorida Panthers
June 8, 2024
Barkov recorded two assists, two shots on goal, three hits, four blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Oilers in Game 1.
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Sets up game-winner
CFlorida Panthers
May 28, 2024
Barkov registered two power-play assists in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers in Game 4.
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