Slowly but surely, Mark Barberio is making a name for himself patrolling his hometown Montréal Canadiens' blue line, on the third pair with Alexei Emelin. His strong, safe play (not unlike Greg Pateryn's) has relegated both Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi to watching games from the press box, a fate that might also also be reserved to Tom Gilbert when he comes back from his injury.
It's weird to think that in Juniors, he was mostly an offensive-minded defenseman and how well-rounded his game has become. Kind of like his favourite player growing up, when you think of it... yes, like myself, Barberio was a huge Andrei Markov fan.
He's sure looking like yet another Marc Bergevin steal, what with coming over as a free agent over the summer after being let go by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I'll be writing more about him in the coming months, for sure, so I'll leave it at that for now and just showcase him wearing the Bolts' blue (home) uniform, with a nice view of their the 20th Anniversary chest patch: