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10-20-2011, 02:42 AM
Cold North Comrade
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sherwood Park, AB
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I'll counter and say I'm waiting for the "bad"
He's been a pretty low event player so far this year. Hasn't generated much, but hasn't really given anything up. One of the main criticisms I've seen of him so far is that he lacks an intensity. And maybe that's the case, but he hasn't been close to killing us back there.
Maybe I just had way lower expectations then many, but Barker has been fine imo. Last game he even had a few great scoring chances.
I had some REEAAALLLY low expectations for him and frankly he hasn't even met those.
I can understand that some players just don't look intense out there at times but are still effective...but his contribution has been non-existent. He is being outplayed by a guy they sent to the minors and a guy that hasn't been able to crack an NHL lineup in any capacity (before this year anyways).
the only game I can say where I thought he had a positive impact at all was the calgary game. I saw him throw his weight around a bit and actually appear to get involved in the powerplay.
to be fair to him, yeah, it's still early in the season and lots of things could still happen, but after last season of him being waived and bought out...and then coming in talking big about proving people wrong...I feel like he's done little to back up his bluster and hasn't disproved the wild's logic in jettisoning him from their lineup.
I *WANT* him to prove me wrong, because him getting back to his early-career form would do wonders for this team...but I just haven't really seen anything to suggest it's in there.
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