5/6 Discussion - Cam Barker Expectations
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05-11-2010, 01:24 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Which year with Chicago? Last year, where he put up more points per game than Duncan Keith?
Here's what I'm seeing with Barker:
2008-09: 68gp 6g 34a 40pts (29 PP points)
Even strength points per minute played = 0.0118
Power play points per minute played = 0.1254
2009-10 Chicago: 51gp 4g 10a 14pts (6 PP points)
Even strength points per minute played = 0.0142
Power play points per minute played = 0.0585
He's essentially been a PP specialist the last couple years on a very deep Chicago team, but his minutes and production dropped on the PP. Here, we're hoping he can be a top minute guy in all situations. With Chicago he averaged only 2 seconds per game shorthanded...here he was up to just about two minutes. His powerplay time jumped from two to almost three minutes, and his even strength time jumped from only 11 minutes to almost 18.
My point is, he had a huge, huge change in ice time, responsibility, role, etc, in addition to a different coach and different teammates. He definitely has to step up next year and prove his worth, but he's put up big points before and obviously was talented enough to get drafted 3rd overall, so it's just how hard he wants to work to try and succeed here.
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