Mark Barberio
Mark Barberio
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Barberio re-upped with the Avalanche on a two-year contract this offseason after compiling arguably his best season as a pro in 2017-18, notching three goals and 10 assists over 46 games before a lower-body issue robbed him of 33 straight games from late January to early April. He did contribute an assist in the opening-round series against the Predators and got in front of 13 shots during the six-game set. His all-around ability makes Barberio an intriguing late-round sleeper in some formats, though limited contributions on the power-play likely lower his potential ceiling for points even if he dresses for all 82 games. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract extension with the Avalanche in May of 2018.
Back from conditioning
DColorado Avalanche
March 31, 2019
Barberio was recalled from AHL Colorado on Sunday.
Barberio recorded an assist in two games during his conditioning stint. The 29-year-old hasn't played since Jan. 21 and has just one goal in 12 games this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After getting cast off by the Canadiens in February of the 2016-17 season, Barberio got claimed off waivers by the Avalanche and went on to carve out a notable niche on their blue line, averaging 20:40 of ice time over 34 games to close out the year. That's a lot more action than the 27-year-old has managed to see at any other point of his career, but it resulted in modest stats -- two goals, seven assists and 52 shots along with a minus-6 rating. However, with few viable alternatives to challenge him, Barberio could very well open the new season on the Avs' top defensive pairing; if not, second-pairing minutes seem guaranteed. It's questionable what he might accomplish with a full season of serious playing time, but Barberio does have a track record of generating offense in the AHL and seems likely to see power-play opportunities, so owners in deep leagues should keep tabs on him late in drafts.
The bloom is off the rose for Barberio, who struggled late last season to even earn playing time. He still profiles as a power-play specialist who is otherwise insulated in a team system as a sixth or seventh defender. The arrival of Jason Garrison this offseason means any possible power-play time has probably disappeared for Barberio. Avoid him as long as he's in Tampa -- his lack of ice time will be of little use for your fantasy team.
A bit of the shine has come off this former Eddie Shore Award winner (AHL's best defender). His game hasn't taken a nose dive by any means. But it hasn't grown a lot, either. He is the epitome of a true power-play quarterback -- average shot, but able to find lanes while playing a man up, all while being defensively suspect. The latter isn't a big deal in fantasy and given the Bolt's desperate need for offense on the back end, Barberio's time is soon. He might not break with the team this season, but he'll get called up a couple times. Monitor the wire for those moments -- the points will come given the potency of the Bolts' attack.
Barberio is a power-play specialist who dropped to the sixth round in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft because of questions about his own-zone play. Not anymore. Barberio earned the Eddie Shore Award last season as the best defender in the AHL and he has a shot at a spot on the Bolts' blue line this year. Tampa hasn't had a true power-play specialist in years (Marc-Andre Bergeron just doesn't count) and Barberio could elbow his way onto the man advantage if Victor Hedman doesn't mesh with Matt Carle. Remember his name -- he's a sleeper pick. And keeper leaguers should seriously take note. The Bolts aren't flush with offensive-minded blueliners who can play now.
Barberio's stock is on the rise. This slick-skating offensive-minded defender is a perfect fit for the up-tempo kind of game deployed in the Tampa system. He didn't struggle at all last year in his first pro season, finishing a respectable second in blue-line scoring for the Norfolk Admirals with nine goals and 22 helpers. His vision and creativity with the puck on his stick make him an ideal power-play QB but he's not just a one-trick pony -- he proved he can log heavy minutes without making own-zone gaffes. The Bolts need his kind of skill on their back end. It won't happen in 2011-12 but another year of development in the A and he could be barking for a job in 2012-13.
Barberio isn't the best skater. Nor is he huge. But he's a stocky and smart puckmover who could mature into a 40-point guy some day. Expect several years of development in the AHL before he becomes a bottom-three defender in the bigs.
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Headed for conditioning
DColorado Avalanche
March 27, 2019
The Avalanche sent Barberio to AHL Colorado on Wednesday for conditioning purposes.
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Activated off IR
DColorado Avalanche
February 16, 2019
Barberio (undisclosed) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
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Shifts to IR
DColorado Avalanche
February 5, 2019
Barberio (undisclosed) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's media site.
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Will return Saturday
DColorado Avalanche
January 12, 2019
Barberio (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the Canadiens, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
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Will accompany team on road trip
DColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
January 7, 2019
Barberio (upper body) is nearing a return and will join the team on its upcoming five-game road trip, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
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