Which makes sense, because he’s their best center.
Fortunately for the Panthers, Barkov is getting close to returning. They’ve gone 3-3-2 without him.
“I feel good and hope to be back as soon as possible,” he told the SunSentinel. “It’s getting better every day. I can shoot more and shoot harder; I could pass; I could skate better. I just need to gain the game’s pace.”
The Panthers are trying to stay patient, not wanting to rush the 20-year-old back. But it has to be frustrating, given their heightened expectations for the season.
Florida hosts Buffalo tonight then makes a quick trip to Tampa for a game Saturday.
According to the newspaper, it’s “possible” Barkov could return for Monday’s home game versus the Lightning.