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Key Indicator: Five points in eight games.
Profile: Barkov was something of a surprise selection at second overall in last summer's draft, but perhaps he should not have been: as a huge (6'3", 209 pounds) centre with great scoring numbers playing against men, it's easy to see why the Panthers were willing to invest such a high pick in him. Primarily playing on a line with Brad Boyes and Tomas Fleischmann, he's been an important part of Florida's offence.
Other Analysis: From Kevin Kraczkowski of SBNation blog Litter Box Cats:
His surprisingly strong play is evidenced by his 14:40 average time on ice, ranking fifth amongst Panthers forwards. This has resulted in him being elevated to the first line and hopefully even more scoring opportunities. At only 18 years of age, he still has a few pounds to pack on his 6'3", 209 pound frame, but he has already shown that he can handle the speed and pressure of the NHL game (and NHL defensemen). In a recent gamethread, I heard a comparison to Evgeni Malkin, and I know that he is by no means on that level, yet, I do believe that it's possible just from what I've seen.