Just how far has the Dallas Stars' Krystofer Barch come? The 6-foot-2 Hamilton, Ontario native played his junior hockey in London, Ontario for the London Knights, where he was not a fighter, but a goal scorer.
In three seasons with the Knights Barch had 123 points in 187 games while tallying 206 minutes in penalties.
In the 1998 NHL draft, Barch went in the fourth round, 106th pick to the Washington Capitals. In the summer of 2006 Barch got his break, and was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars. His role was then changed.
Barch quickly became an in-your-face grinder style of player where he also enjoyed dropping the gloves every now and then and fighting some of the leagues top heavyweights.
So far in the 2008-2009 season Barch has played in 33 games for the Stars, scoring just three goals with two assists, with 60 penalty minutes. On December 23 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Barch found himself in two spirited tilts with Leafs' newcomer Andre Deveaux.
So the question is: Will Barch last in the league and stick around?
I think Barch brings a lot to the table for the Stars, such as much-needed grit. The Stars now with Ott and Barch look good and bring a pretty nice checking line to the organization—something the Stars have been lacking for some time.