The Florida Panthers Have A New Captain

posted by Jessi Minneci - 

Aleksander Barkov is the new captain of the Florida Panthers.

The 23-year-old from Finland will be the 10th player to be designated as Florida's captain. Barkov is taking over for forward Derek MacKenzie, who held the role for the last two seasons.

The Panthers made the announcement Monday, 

Panthers' general manager Dale Tallon said the decision to turn the captaincy over to Barkov was about "turning this team over to our young core."

Barkov is entering his sixth NHL season. 

He is coming off the best year of his career, with 27 goals and 51 assists for 78 points in 79 games.

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