Aleksander Barkov
Aleksander Barkov
24-Year-Old CenterC
Florida Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $35.4 million contract extension with the Panthers in January of 2016.
Reaches 60-point mark
CFlorida Panthers
March 18, 2020
Barkov has 20 goals and 62 points in 66 games this season.
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After Barkov broke out for 35 goals and 96 points during the 2018-19 campaign, his offensive numbers have been a bit disappointing this season. The 24-year-old Finn could have a shot at the 70-point mark for the third consecutive year if the NHL resumes the 2019-20 regular season. Barkov has also pocketed at least 20 goals in five straight seasons.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:23
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:07
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
22:04
3:23
1:45
2018–19
22:21
3:31
2:04
2019–20
20:01
3:23
1:07
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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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Extends point streak to five games
CFlorida Panthers
February 25, 2020
Barkov registered a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
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Riding four-game point streak
CFlorida Panthers
February 22, 2020
Barkov notched a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Strikes twice in loss
CFlorida Panthers
February 20, 2020
Barkov scored a pair of goals on six shots and added two hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Kings.
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Tallies late in first period
CFlorida Panthers
February 19, 2020
Barkov scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.
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Ready to return
CFlorida Panthers
February 7, 2020
Barkov (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
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