Like most youthful hockey players growing up in Western Canada, University of Denver sniper Greg Barber has always dreamt of someday playing in the NHL. Emulating his hockey heroes on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia, Barber has always been a standout wherever he’s played. If sheer determination was worth its weight in Black & Gold, then tip the scales in his favor for a longstanding future with the Bruins organization.
A standout for the Victoria Salsa of the BCHL, Barber’s superb play in 1998-99 earned him a BCHL all-star appearance and the Boston Bruins 207th overall selection at the 1999 NHL entry draft. Playing alongside Martin Kariya, Barber notched 41 goals and 82 points in 60 games for Victoria that year. When reached at his home on draft day, Barber was both shocked and surprised that his life long dream had taken a positive step forward.
“I wasn’t expecting a call or anything like that,” said Barber in an interview with hockeysfuture. “I was hanging with friends at my house and was not paying any attention to the draft. I was pretty happy. It was unexpected, so I was kind of shocked.”
His play struggled somewhat the following year as a freshman for the University of Denver. Known for being a big goal scorer, his adjustment from the BCHL to the WCHA was tougher on him than anyone had expected. He finished second in rookie scoring for Denver netting 7 goals and 15 points in 40 games. As a sophomore, he had a knack for late-minute heroics as he tallied two third-period game-tying markers. He equaled his freshman totals of 7goa Read more»
Will Year Five Be The Charm?
The game of hockey and the NHL is full of many logic beliefs and theory systems. Some of the most widely held ideas are actually contradictory to one-another. It isn’t a nice cookie-cutter world where you can input A and automatically assume that you will get an output of B, but in the midst of these sometimes unexpectantly generated results against the ‘rules’ we hold dearest, there still are some factors that do seem to play true time and again. One such passage that has historically played a very significant impact upon those who have played the game is the ‘magic’ of the fifth year and/or age 22/23 season.
Simply put, there is some pretty suggestive evidence to indicate that a very large segment of players don’t actually arrive at their highest levels until they have either played a full four seasons and are in their fifth campaign, or are in the season where they turn 23 years of age. I use these two qualifiers because not everyone gets to the NHL at age 18 and thus some have their 23rd birthday before their fifth season.
The timing for this article is inspired by the arrival of two youngsters from the Boston Bruins reaching this juncture.
If you look at the current point leader board at the beginning of December for the NHL, it might be surprising to see that both Sergei Samsonov and Joe Thornton are firmly entrenched among the top 20 producers in the league.
Sergei Samsonov is actually 8th in league scoring after games as of Sunday, December 2nd. He does have games in hand to play on four of Read more»
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))Ryder was assigned to Mississippi of the ECHL on November 27th. In 3 games since his demotion the Newfoundlander has 4 points (2-2-4), and is -3 with one powerplay goal. Most impressive are his 18 shots, which translate to an average of 6 shots per game. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 13 AHL games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +2 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also managed 13 shots on goal.
Vadim Tarasov -G (Drafted-99(7/196))Tarasov continues to suffer from a groin injury, and remains in Montréal undergoing treatment for the injury. Overall, the 5’11”, 187-lbs goalie has played 3 AHL games. He is 2-0-1 with a 2.28 GAA, and a .926 save percentage.
Jerome Marois -LW (Drafted-99(9/253)) Mississippi’s Jerome Marois is just beginning to feel comfortable since returning from a one month layoff with a leg injury. Overall, the 6’0″, 192-lbs winger has played 9 ECHL games. He has 6 points (4-2-6), and is minus-4 with 20 shots on goal.
Olivier Michaud -G (Free Agent-2001(3-y contract))Michaud was invited to attend Canada’s 2002 World Junior Championship selection camp. The 18-year-old goaltender has come a long way since last year’s NHL Entry Draft, when NHL scouts didn’t think enough of his game to draft the Shawinigan goaltender. The Beloil native won his only start since our last update. He stopped 16 shots to earn a shutout during a 6-0 win over Rimouski. Overall the 5’11, 163-lbs goalie is 18-3-1 with a QMJHL leading 2.11 GAA, and a .901 sav Read more»
Hurricanes Sharpen Game Against Blades
The Hurricanes continued their march back to the CHL top 10 tonight by handing the Blades a 4-1 loss. Lethbridge used a great first period to push their home record to an an impressive 11-3-1, the Blades fell to 4-7-1 on the road.
The Canes came out flying in the first just as they’ve done all year long. It was the usual suspects getting the scoring started as Ryley Layden notched his 11th marker of the year, Nathan Barrett and Tim Green assisted on the goal. Less then two minutes later the Canes added another to their total as Brett O’Malley took advantage of a Blades give-away and flipped a shot low blocker side on Michael Garnett, who started in net for Saskatoon. The second goal silenced the Blades fans in attendence, which was quite a surprise amount since a trip from Saskatoon is a mighty trek. The Blades continued what was turning into a bad period when Tim Preston took a cross-checking minor. The Canes put the league’s fourth best powerplay to work and it wasn’t long before it clicked.Tim Green finished off a beautiful pass from New Jersey Devil draft pick Phil Cole. Green fired home a one timer from the side of the crease after Cole made a bullet of a pass across from the opposite point, Garnett didn’t have a chance. The Canes weren’t done yet and either was Tim Green. Green scored his second of the game, 16th of the season, with less then a minute left when he took a soft Nathan Barrett pass and fired the puck high blocker side past Garnett. The assist to Barret was his second of the night, he now has a league l Read more»