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Barber has put up consistent year-to-year numbers in the AHL, but needs to prove he can produce in the NHL.


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February 2020 – Pittsburgh native Barber and Joseph Blandisi, the other main player in a four-man swap with the Canadiens, are established swingmen shuttling between the AHL and NHL. They’re both in their mid-20s, both become RFAs in the off-season and both posted solid AHL numbers while not making much of a dent in the big time. Barber, who shores up an organizational lack of depth at RW, had 103 goals and 211 points in 276 AHL games with Hershey and Laval. The RW and fellow forward Phil Varone, 29, will have to impress with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before getting a shot in Pittsburgh. Mark Allan

February 2020 – Barber was traded along with Phil Varone to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forwards Joseph Blandisi and Jake Lucchini. Barber is 26 and likely won’t be making an impact beyond the AHL roster. Tony Ferrari

August 2019 – Barber signed a one-year two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens as he wanted to sign with a team that would give him a better shot at making the NHL. It is too bad he signed with a team that has eight players signed for bottom-six roles and has a far worse AHL squad. This is a really confusing move but all the best to him as Barber deserves an NHL shot. Pat Quinn

June 2019 – Barber is set to become a Group 6 UFA and it is unknown if he will stay with the Capitals. With Connolly likely leaving as a free agent the door is wide open for him to make the Capitals. There is a good scorer here, he just needs a team to give him an opportunity. Pat Quinn

June 2019 – Barber finished the season as the best Bears player, and was finally able to play a full AHL season without any lingering injuries. He had 31 goals and a total of 60 points in 64 games, and chipping in six points in nine playoff games as the Bears made the playoffs and were eliminated by the eventual winners the Charlotte Checkers. Barber is looking to make an NHL roster and word is that he does not feel like there is room, or a chance for him to make the Capitals. Luckily for Barber he is a UFA and can choose to sign elsewhere. He looks to be a solid bottom six scorer who can move up to the second line if needed. Pat Quinn

March 2019 – Barber has been the Bears’ best skater all season and has really shown that he should not be in the AHL. Currently he is leading the Bears in goals and points with 29 and 54 respectively, in 55 games. Barber also sits second in the AHL with 204 shots. With the Capitals needing youth injected in the line up (and smaller cap amounts) Barber should see his name on the opening night roster for the 2019-2020 season. Pat Quinn

December 2018 – Barber is finally healthy again after two seasons of various injuries through out the last two years in Hershey. He is currently second on a poor Bears squad with 23 points in 26 games and is producing more on his own than before. In reality he would have made the Capitals this season if it were not for Washington being full on the wings. He may get a couple cups of coffee as the season winds down and going forward he should be in the NHL, though his ceiling is limited he can provide good production on the third line. Pat Quinn

September 2018 – Barber had been a stand out for the Capitals in the preseason, on a line with Gersich and Boyd, and after throughout the line up when Boyd was hurt. Washington had all but two forwards return this season and signed Dowd and Megna, while having Boyd and Walker also require waivers to be sent down. Barber was placed on waivers by the Capitals in hope to sneak him to the AHL and that may not happen, but if it does he should be one of the top forwards for the Bears this season and have a great chance to make the Capitals in the 2019-2020 season. Pat Quinn

July 2018 – Barber signed a one-year two-way contract as he looks to make the Capitals this upcoming season. In all likelihood he will play for the Bears again as he is still eligible to pass through waivers (if I am incorrect here sorry I can find no evidence that he has to pass through waivers) and the Capitals have a solid top 12 forwards on the team. Barber can be a solid third line forward in the NHL if given an opportunity, that opportunity will show itself in 2019-2020. Pat Quinn

June 2018 – Barber managed to score 15 goals in the remaining 32 games as his awful puck luck started to dissipate, and he bumped his shooting percentage back in the 10%+ range. Barber did finish fourth on the team in scoring with 38 points in 60 games, as all Bears’ players had down seasons. Just do not let the low point totals fool you on Barber, had the Bears had a better team and puck luck he would have again scored in the high 50’s at least. Going into next season Barber can make the Capitals bu it is unknown if there will be room for him, especially after the Capitals have WON THE STANLEY CUP! Pat Quinn

December 2017 – Barber cannot buy a goal so far into this season for the Hershey Bears with five goals on 75 shots, which is second on the team. He is still playing well and has been healthy so far this season. A majority of the Bears are not scoring right now either, as they started out hot and everyone has gone cold except for leading scorer, and noted AHL-star, Chris Bourque. A positive regression is coming for Barber and he still looks on track to be a middle-six forward for the Capitals. Pat Quinn

June 2017 – After the below mentioned 13 games Barber ended up requiring wrist surgery which held him out of action for 34 AHL games. Once back he put up 19 poins in 26 games, with a brief NHL call up that resulted in zero points. The problem became that once again Barber disappered in the playoffs by registering five points in 12 games, but some of that can be attributed to the wrist injury as it tends to take a longer time to feel proper again. Barber has an equal chance to be in the NHL next season as well as the AHL, it is really up to the Capitals roster construction, but he should be one of the first call ups during the 2017-2018 season. Pat Quinn

November 2016 – With eight points in 13 games Barber has been following the same path he set in the 2015-2016 season. Barber is playing a middle-six role again this season and doing the same as last season. He is not getting the minutes to really explode as the Bears are more spread out this year but it is good that he is at least slightly above his pace as last season. Pat Quinn

October 2016 – Barber was recently sent down to the AHL Hershey Bears. In prospect camp Barber was good but he was not great, and the same could be said about his exhibition play. He was physical, but that means he took some bad penalties aside from throwing hits, and showed some skill. Ultimately it looked like he needed more time in the AHL to better translate his offensive game in the NHL. Barber would benefit most from a full season in the AHL seeing top minutes and all situations. Pat Quinn

February 2016 – Currently sitting with 25 points in 44 games Barber has played well in his first year in the AHL, but has notably hit cold spells and padded his stats with multi-point games. He is facing a much more packed schedule than he ever faced in college which can explain his droughts. Barber plays mainly on the second and third lines and it is evident that he could do with extra seasoning in the AHL. Pat Quinn

Nov 2015 – Barber has started his professional career in the AHL pretty well with six points in nine games putting up two shots per game. He is adapting well to AHL play but like most college players he will need to be monitored later in the season as he has not played that long of a season before. Pat Quinn

Sept 2015 – Barber has been sent down to attend the Hershey Bears AHL camp. Fresh out of college hockey a year in the AHL will be good for him. His progress this year should show what type of pro player he will become. Pat Quinn

Aug 2015 – Barber finished up his NCAA career with 40 points in 38 games for Miami University, and he signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals in April. He will likely play in the AHL next season as he adapts to faster and more physical play, as well as playing in a lot more games than he is used to. There is a small chance he could make the Capitals with a great training camp but that would be unlikely given the depth of talent on the wings currently in Washington. Expect him to get cups of coffee over the next two years until hopefully establishing himself full-time. Pat Quinn

February 2015 – Barber is second on the Redhawks in scoring with 24 points in 25 games, second in goals with 11, third in assists with 13, and first in shots with 127. Miami University are currently tied for fourth in an eight team conference. He is scoring around his average the last three seasons in the NCAA. Once his season is completed look for him to join the Hershey Bears so the Capitals can see how he plays against tougher competition. Pat Quinn

October 2014 – Attending his junior year at Miami University playing for the Redhawks, Barber is currently second on his team with four points in four games. He has not wowed so far but there have been some improvements to his overall play. Reminder: Barber did not attend training camp this year due to his commitment to the NCAA. Pat Quinn

August 2014 – Barber elected to go back to Miami University instead of signing a pro contract with the Washington Capitals. He will be on a NCAA favorite that is looking to compete for the title as the team looks for redemption after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in years. He did finish the year with 44 points in 38 games and was named captain for team USA at the World Juniors. Once his college season is done you can almost guarantee the Capitals will try to lock him up and let him finish the year either with Hershey or Washington. Pat Quinn

January 2014 – Riley Barber and the rest of the American team was eliminated from World Junior competition after a 5-3 Quarterfinal loss to the Russians. The USA captain had a strong tournament with four goals and two assists in just five games and showcased his excellent speed and finishing ability while playing top-line minutes. A weaker squad than last year, Barber didn’t have the luxury of playing with the same talent that the US had in Ufa and did well with what he had. Overall a strong tournament. Nathan Kanter

December 2013 – Barber has been named captain of Team USA for the upcoming World Juniors in Malmo, Sweden. Barber is one of few returning players on an American squad that will have a tough time defending their Gold medal from last year. Barber will no doubt play an integral role if they are to have any hope, and is set to begin the tournament on the first line with Danny O’Regan (SJ, 2012) and Nicolas Kerdiles (ANA, 2012). Nathan Kanter

December 2013 – Barber has been named to the Team USA World Junior Preliminary Roster. This really comes as no surprise given that he was on the team last year (6 points in 7 games) and he has been on fire to start his sophomore college season. It was virtually impossible to maintain his goal per game pace from mid-November (eight in eight games) but he has continued to put up points, now with 28 in 18 games. Though he only has three goals in his last 10, he has added 11 assists over that span, so has still been very productive. Look for him to be a big part of Team USA in Malmo at the World Juniors. Nathan Kanter

November 2013 – He had a fantastic rookie season and now he’s back at it again, as Barber has started the NCAA campaign with eight goals in eight games for the Miami Redhawks. He has 14 points and is scoring all types of goals; powerplay goals, shorthanded ones and game-winners too. He has also bulked up to almost 200 lbs. Keeping up this pace will be near impossible but Barber could still very well challenge for the Hobey Baker, but remember it’s clearly still early. If his NCAA season ends early, expect him to get in a few games at the AHL level in April. Nathan Kanter

June 2013 – Barber had one hell of a year and could already be a steal. After the Caps snagged him in the 6th round of the entry draft, not only did Barber have a fantastic start to his freshman season with Miami (Ohio), but he then won a Gold Medal with team USA at the World Juniors before coming back and finishing at nearly a point per game for the Redhawks. In Ufa for Team USA Barber had six points in seven games but more impressive were his 39 in 40 games as a first year college player, which were good enough for a First-Team All-CCHA selection in addition to CCHA Rookie of the Year honours. This kid has shown right away that he can finish and that he knows how to win (also won Gold for the U.S. at the U-18’s) so hopefully it continues for the Redhawks and then the Caps in a few years. Nathan Kanter

December 2012 – Barber, the son of former NHL player Don Barber, is from the same town in Michigan as Mike Modano. Of course, those facts don’t make him an NHL prospect. His sniper hands, hockey sense and nose for the net do. Barber isn’t big, but is aggressive in puck battles and when claiming a piece of ice his. He is off to a fantastic start to his collegiate career at Miami, with 22 points in his first 18 games and was named to the U.S. team playing in the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. Dobber

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 7, 1994
Height 6‘0”
Weight 203 lbs
Drafted 2012 Round 6; Overall: 167


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2005-2006 Pittsburgh Hornets PeeweeQC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2006-2007 Detroit Jr. Red Wings QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2007-2008 Compuware 13U AAAT1EHL 13U31 12 1830 40|        
 2008-2009 Compuware 14U AAAT1EHL 14U30 17 825 40|        
 2009-2010 Compuware 16U AAAT1EHL 16U38 16 2238 28|        
  Compuware 16U AAA16U AAA71 32 4072 -|        
 2010-2011 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL57 14 1428 48|Playoffs11 2 02
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP3 1 12 2|        
  USA U17 (all)International-Jr4 1 12 16|        
 2011-2012 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL24 5 611 59|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP60 21 1536 85|        
  USA U18WJC-186 1 23 2|        
  USA U18 (all)International-Jr9 2 35 4|        
 2012-2013 Miami Univ. (Ohio)NCAA40 15 2439 22|        
  USA U20WJC-207 3 36 4|        
 2013-2014 Miami Univ. (Ohio)NCAA38 19 2544 28|        
  USA U20WJC-205 4 26 0|        
 2014-2015 Miami Univ. (Ohio)NCAA38 20 2040 12|        
 2015-2016 Hershey BearsAHL74 26 2955 34|Playoffs17 1 34 24 
 2016-2017 Washington CapitalsNHL3 0 00 0|        
  Hershey BearsAHL39 13 1427 12|Playoffs12 1 45
 2017-2018 Hershey BearsAHL60 20 1838 49|        
 2018-2019 Hershey BearsAHL64 31 2960 84|Playoffs9 3 36
 2019-2020 Montréal CanadiensNHL9 0 00 2|        
  Laval RocketAHL39 13 1831 19|        
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL7 3 36 6|        
 2020-2021 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL- - -- -|