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Panthers Injury Update: Aleksander Barkov still isn't 100% after knee injury

By on 7/20/2014 10:30:00 PM

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov sustained a knee injury during the 2014 Winter Olympics, as a member of Finland's team. According to Ryan Dadoun of NBC Sports, Barkov attended the Panthers' development camp last week, but was unable to complete the last two days. Barkov has been working to recover from the injury for the last five months, although he still has not reached full recovery.

Barkov, 18, was chosen second overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Later, he was asked to play for Finland's team in the Winter Olympics, where he sustained his knee injury. The injury ended his rookie season, after playing only 52 games with the Panthers.

He has been going through the recovery process since February, when the injury occurred. Barkov is hoping to be at 100 percent for training camp in September, and healthy enough to play his second season with the Panthers.

The 18-year-old rookie managed eight goals and 16 assists in the 52 games he was able to play.

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