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Mark Barberio | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185

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Mark Barberio got back into Tampa Bay's lineup on Sunday after sitting for nine straight games in the press box.
The Lightning dressed seven defensemen in the contest. Barberio returned to being a healthy scratch in Tuesday's win over Montreal, but coach Jon Cooper said it wasn't because of his performance. "I thought Mark played extremely well," Cooper said. "He was jumping into plays, and he probably had a couple of our best chances to score. I thought he was very good at breaking pucks out, and it's good to have guys that you can plug in." Barberio has 10 points and a plus-12 rating in 48 games this campaign. Apr 2 - 11:07 AM

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Mark Barberio has been earning his spot in Tampa Bay's lineup after he was a frequent healthy scratch earlier in the year.

He has also started contributing offensively with three goals and one assist in his past four outings. Barberio has eight points and a plus-16 rating in 34 games this season. He never doubted his ability to succeed at the NHL level, but his growing comfort level has helped him make noticeable improvements.
Jan 27 - 10:29 AM

Mark Barberio can finally get a haircut.

The Tampa Bay defenseman scored his first two career goals to help the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday and move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Barberio promised himself as a minor leaguer two years ago that he wouldn't cut his hair until he made it to the NHL and scored there. Now it's time for those shoulder-length locks to come off. "I was just going to let it grow, and I think it's gotten a little too long," Barberio said. "It's got to go, though," he added. "I made a promise."
Jan 20 - 10:16 AM

Mark Barberio suited up on Monday after sitting the past two games as a healthy scratch.

He got to play because of an upper-body injury to Eric Brewer. Barberio logged 13:46 of ice time and he concluded the game with a plus-3 rating.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 07:13:00 AM

Mark Barberio returned to action on Thursday November 21.

He picked up a minus-1 rating and played 18:11 after missing two games with an upper-body injury. In nine games this year, Baberio has two assists and a plus-2 rating.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 02:51:00 AM

Mike Barberio is listed as questionable for Saturday night's contest against Phoenix due to a lower-body injury.

He left Thursday's game with the injury and did not practice on Friday. Barberio has played well in spurts this season and has shown some offensive talent making him a lesser-known sleeper candidate once he returns to health.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Mark Barberio missed most of the third period on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury.

He sat out the last 12 minutes of the final frame, but the injury is believed to be minor in nature. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 08:00:00 AM

Mark Barberio impressed the Tampa coaching staff with his performance against the Blues Saturday night.

He registered his first career point (an assist) Saturday and jumped up into the play and created offense from the back end. Lightning coach Jon Cooper is obviously a fan. "He's got a dynamic part to his game,' Cooper said. "He can skate, he can move pucks, he jumps into plays, he's got a big-time offensive side to him. I thought he did an exceptional job." High praise indeed. Barberio also has a strong offensive track record in the minors. Last season he registered 42 points in 73 games with Syracuse and the year before he recorded a very impressive 61 points in 74 games with Norfolk. If you are looking for a sleeper defenceman pickup, Barberio may be your man.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Mark Barberio hasn't played since opening night.

He got into the lineup because of an injury to Sami Salo. He's been staying ready at practice for his next opportunity. "I've experienced this before, so I just have to make sure I stick with it, and if I do get a shot that I'm ready," Barberio said.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Mark Barberio may get a shot to stick with the Tampa Bay Lighting out of training camp.

He has to clear waivers to be sent down to the minors this year and he could end up getting claimed. Barberio generated 42 points in 73 games with AHL Syracuse in 2012-13 and the year before that he amassed 61 points in 74 minor-league contests. He suited up in two games with the Lightning last year.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Mark Barberio has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Barberio had 42 points and 44 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games last season. He also made his NHL debut in 2013 and ended up with no points in two contests.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 04:52:00 PM

Mark Barberio has received a qualifying offer from Tampa Bay.

He recorded eight goals and 42 points in 73 games with AHL Syracuse last season and appeared in two games with the Lightning.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Mark Barberio has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Barberio has 40 points and 44 penalty minutes in 70 AHL games this season. He might make his NHL debut on Tuesday.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Mark Barberio wants to continue to improve at the AHL level so that when he receives a shot at making it to the NHL he is ready.

"I just have to keep putting my work in on the ice and in the gym," he said. "The step from junior to the AHL was big and I'm pretty sure the step from the AHL to the NHL is even bigger. So that just means I have to be in better shape, and stronger ... because the guys up there are even bigger and faster so that means whatever I'm doing now I have to keep improving. You always have to try to improve or else you are never going anywhere." Barberio was presented with the Eddie Shore Award, which goes to the AHL's most outstanding defenseman, last season after he produced 61 points in 74 games. He has gotten off to another strong start this campaign with three goals and 11 points in his first 14 contests. However, the Lightning blueline is fairly crowded at the moment, so it may take some more time before he gets his shot.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 11:55:00 AM

Mark Barberio has captured with the Eddie Shore Award, which goes to the AHL's most outstanding defenseman, for his efforts in the 2011-12 campaign.

He leads all minor-league blueliners with 47 assists and 60 points after 71 games and has recorded a plus-25 rating. Barberio was a sixth-round pick of the Lightning in the 2008 draft.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 08:31:00 AM

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C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Nate Thompson
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Ryan Malone
4Tom Pyatt
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Teddy Purcell
3J.T. Brown
4Nikita Kucherov
5Richard Panik
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D1Victor Hedman
2Matt Carle
3Radko Gudas
4Sami Salo
5Eric Brewer
6Brian Lee
7Mark Barberio
8Keith Aulie
9Mike Kostka
10Mattias Ohlund
11Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Anders Lindback
3Kristers Gudlevskis