Player Spotlight: Mark Barberio ready to continue improvement in second year
Each weekday during leading up to Lightning training camp in mid-September, TampaBayLightning.com will take a look at a Bolts player before the 2014-15 NHL season...
defenseman Mark Barberio
ACQUIRED Selected in the sixth round, 152nd overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft
BORN Montreal, Quebec
EXPERIENCE NHL – 2nd, Lightning – 2nd
Re-signed by the Lightning to a one-year, one-way contract on June 27, 2014
2013-14 SEASON: Skated in 49 games with the Lightning this season, posting five goals and 10 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes…Ranked fourth (tie-DeKeyser) among rookie defensemen in the NHL with a +10 rating…Recorded a plus or even rating in 40 of his 49 games…Recorded his first career NHL point (assist) on Nov. 2 vs. STL
SEASON PREVIEW IN 50 WORDS OR LESS: Barberio proved himself to be a worthy NHL defender in his first NHL season last year averaging more than 14 minutes per game and general manager Steve Yzerman rewarded him with a one-way contract this season. He’s expected to contribute solid minutes to the Bolts blueline.
TOP HIGHLIGHT -- On January 19th vs. Carolina, he became the first Bolt since Steven Stamkos to score first two career goals in same game