Barkov named to Finland’s extended Olympic roster

Aaron Vickers2013 Draft Center, International Events

His season is all but wrapped up, yet the accolades continue to pour in for Aleksander Barkov.

At just 17-year-old, Barkov was among the 54 players named to Finland’s preliminary roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In his second season in the SM-liiga, Barkov recorded 21 goals and 48 points in 53 games and finished ninth in league scoring. He had his postseason cut short after a shoulder injury in quarterfinal action against HIFK.

The injury also forced Barkov to miss the World Under-18 Championship and the physical testing  portion of the NHL Scouting Combine.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound pivot is fourth in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2013 NHL Draft.