The 2022-2023 Panthers team yearbook featured captain Sasha Barkov. Then in his 10th NHL season, Barkov and the Panthers were no longer the up-and-coming team. Their 2021-22 Presidents’ Trophy showed the Cats had arrived. Barkov’s Panthers were bolstered for the new season by the addition of superstar scorer Matthew Tkachuk, the return of alternate captain Aaron Ekblad and the emergence of 2022 playoff hero Carter Verhaeghe.
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