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July 15, 2013 | 11:50am ET
Barkov signs entry-level contract
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Aleksander Barkov to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Barkov, 17, was drafted second-overall by the Panthers in June's NHL Draft.

"We are pleased to have signed Aleksander," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He is a mature, strong and skilled forward who plays well at both ends of the ice and strengthens our line-up down the middle. Aleksander is a creative and dynamic player who our fans will enjoy watching. We look forward to his contributions to our organization both on and off the ice."

Barkov recorded 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points in 53 games with Tappara of the Finnish Elite League during the 2012-13 season.

"I am very excited about signing my first NHL contract with Florida," said Barkov. "I enjoyed meeting with the Panthers coaches, my future teammates and our fans at development camp last week. I will continue to train hard and look forward to competing for a spot on the team when training camp opens in September."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound center has represented Finland at each of the last two World Junior Championships.


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