Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Can Cam Barker Deliver?
Many native hockey fans of the state and Minnesota Wild fans remember the trade that sent 1st round pick Nick Leddy to the Chicago Blackhawks for Cam Barker. It was a strange one at the time, since Leddy had been drafted as early as 6 months earlier. Barker was a #3 overall draft pick in 2004 behind Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. He started slow for the Blachkahwks but in 2008-2009 he showed promise with 40 points in 68 games (6 goals, 34 assists). However, most fans this season have been unhappy with Barker. He registered 7 points in 19 games last season and has 5 points in 35 games this season. He has been a healthy scratch in several games this season. My question is, what should the Minnesota Wild do with Cam Barker?