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Anytime a guy who gets taken in the sixth round is receiving hype, you know it's because they've been playing some pretty good hockey.
And that's exactly the case with Riley Barber, who had a monster year as a freshman with Miami University last season.
Now, Barber's got 28 points in 18 games with the Redhawks and is well on his way to obliterating the already-impressive 39 points he posted last year. It is also worth noting that Barber will once again be looked upon to carry some of the weight offensively for the U.S. at the World Juniors, after the 19-year-old put up six points in seven contests en route to the gold last year.
With top-flight hockey sense, competitiveness and superb skills with the puck, Barber may turn out to be a diamond in the rough for the Caps and could one day be a top-six forward in D.C.
NHL Player Comparison: Tony Amonte
Blackhawks fans of the 1990s will remember the Hingham, Massachusetts, native for his quick hands and solid two-way game. Barber, who is almost identical to Amonte in size, has a lot of the same traits as the former 40-goal sniper, but actually may be an even better playmaker.
I'm not saying that Barber's going to have a career that even comes close to amounting to that of Amonte, but there are some similarities in their styles.