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Panthers' Barkov To Play Alongside His Idol

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With Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula unavailable due to injuries, the Finnish team plans to rely heavily on 43-year-old forward Teemu Selanne. Hes going to be getting top minutes while playing with a pair of forwards whose combined age doesnt even reach his own.

That suits Selanne fine as he thinks that playing with youngsters helps keep him youthful and it certainly works for 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov. His rookie campaign with the Florida Panthers has been paused while he lives out a dream.

(Selannes) always been one of my idols, said Barkov, according to the Los Angeles Times.

For more on this story visit: Ryan Dadoun, NC Sports Pro Hockey Talk



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