2006-07: Played his junior season at Burnsville H.S. in Minnesota. The Blaze made it to the Class AA State semi-finals, where Barnes was named to the All-Tournament team. Was eligible for the USHL Entry Draft, but wasn’t selected.
2007-08: Selected by the Black Hawks in the 5th round of the 2007 USHL Entry Draft with the 58th overall pick. An affiliate player who saw action in one game for Waterloo when the roster was left short as other Black Hawks attended the 2007 World Junior A Challenge. Captained the Blaze during his senior season. Led the team in scoring and was third in scoring Lake Conference. Named a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award in the state of Minnesota.
Barnes is a competitor, who shows a positive character at all times. His key strengths are his ice awareness, creativity with the puck as well as being noted as a goal scorer. He’s also noted for having a good shot and good hands. Though Barnes has not quite stopped growing, he plays big for his size. He has earned a lot of praise when he plays hard and does not shy away from physical game. Said to have limitless potential if he continues to develop at the base as he did over the last 2 years. He does need to display a consistent hard work ethic, gain overall strength, and learn to use his speed more effectively.