Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers is expected to miss between two-to-four weeks due to a broken right hand, according to reports today.
Per NHL.com, Barkov, received the injury when he blocked a puck with his hand during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 22. He has not played since this incident.
Barkov has been one of the most promising youngsters in the Panthers' roster. He is only 20-years-old and he is already playing on the first line alongside the legendary Jaromir Jagr.
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Barkov has done very well in the first seven games of the NHL season so far. Furthermore, he and Jagr have built great chemistry together over the past few months.
Jaromir Jagr has been experiencing a spike in his offensive production so far this season and has six goals and four assists - performing on a point per game pace. Barkov, meanwhile, has been a tremendous foil so far this season with three goals and three assists.
The Florida Panthers are currently third in the Eastern Division with a 4-3-1 record. The success of the Panther's team is largely due to the success of the Barkov-Jagr duo.
So how will the Panther's deal with Barkov's absence from the lineup?
The Panthers have replaced Barkov with another youngster named Jonathan Huberdeau.
Huberdeau has been another important piece of the Panthers' rebuild over the past four years. He scored 15 goals and had 54 points last season playing mostly on the second line. However, Jagr's production may slow down due to the fact that he does not have Aleksander Barkov to feed him the pucks.
The Panthers will play the Colorado Avalanche on October 27. Hopefully Barkov makes a quick recovery and is able to rejoin his team quickly.