Apr 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio (8) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Barberio: Your Grandfather Is Very Proud

Mark Barberio was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round, 152nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Surprised he’s still around? Not me. I love this kid’s personality, promise, and potential.

The talent analysis supplied by Hockey’s Future website had this to say:

A highly-touted offensive blue liner, Barberio can lead the rush, make the smart first pass out of the zone and quarterback the powerplay. His puck control skills and his low, hard point shot makes him dangerous in all situations. Barberio has improved his defensive play but can still struggle at times when faced with physical pressure. As with many offense-oriented defensemen, he had a knack for being overly creative and taking high risk chances early in his junior days.

Hey, I have no problem with an overly creative, high risk-taker. We haven’t had one of those since Dan Boyle…and he wasn’t too bad.

What ties me emotionally to Mark Barberio is the love that he has for his grandfather, Angelo, who died last year.

We were really close…He had a big part in me making it here for sure…I’m just hoping he’s watching me now because I know he’d be proud.

He’s definitely proud of you, Barbs, and there’s no question that when you’re taking those creative, high-risk chances on NHL ice that he’ll be smiling about your hard-earned success.

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