Why Aleksander Barkov Might Be a Better Fit for Some NHL Teams Than Jack Eichel 🏒
Barkov, also a former second overall pick in the NHL draft, had a career year in Florida. His 26 goals ranked fourth among all NHL centers, and he just about matched a career high in points per game. The 25-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2022. Ostensibly, that gives the Florida Panthers a long time to convince him to re-sign. More realistically, the small-market team can't afford to lose him without compensation and probably does not want to endure the 2021-22 season with daily questions regarding the future of its captain.