Today, the Florida Panthers decided to dish out some money to a young star. The Panthers extended former 2013 second overall pick Aleksander Barkov to a long term deal. The new contract is six years long worth $35.4 mil, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
In fact, the Finland native is third on the Atlantic Division-leading Panthers in scoring, with 12 goals and 18 assists in 38 games this season. Barkov is only 20 years old and is just starting to turn into a star. He will be in the NHL for many years to come and become a Panther legend if he keeps up the great production.
In addition, Barkov’s line with Jagr and Huberdeau has been one of the best in the NHL since they were brought together by the Panthers’ trade for Jagr. As a line, the Jagr-Barkov-Huberdeau trio has outscored its opponents 32-14 during 5-on-5 play and controlled more than 53% of the shot attempts. This season alone that line has a 19-6 goals advantage over its opponents and is perhaps the biggest reason the Panthers are in first place, but also running away from other teams (data via Puckalytics).
Next, Barkov is a great two way forward that makes him worthy of this type of contract and also to go with his potential.
Finally, he has had a great start to his career by producing 36 goals, 54 assists for a total of 90 points in only 163 games played with also providing solid defense. Barkov is a great two way forward that makes him worthy of this type of contract and also to go with his potential.
Note: The deal comes out to a salary cap hit of $5.9 mil per season.