Even though he's been cleared to play following shoulder surgery in April, the Finnish center will not be in the lineup this weekend when the Panthers play host to a prospect tournament at their training facility in Coral Springs, Fla.
General Manager Dale Tallon said he didn't want to take any chances with Barkov, particularly after the injury problems the Panthers had last season.
"Yes, he's ready to go, but we're just making a decision now," Tallon said Wednesday morning. "Why jeopardize anything with three games in three days? He'll be more ready to compete with the big guys 10 days from now.
"We might as well just make sure. There's no sense. An extra 10 days before any really good contact will really help him. He's cleared to play and he's ready to go, but I think we're erring on the side of caution. I'd rather make sure that he's 110 percent and another week or 10 days will make it even better for him."