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Former No. 3 overall pick Barker now trying out for AHL Texas

Oct 1, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

Cam Barker

Cam Barker — the guy taken after Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin at the 2004 draft — was at Texas Stars training camp this past weekend, trying to secure a spot on the AHL club.

How the mighty have fallen.

It wasn’t always this way for the 26-year-old rearguard. The former WHL Medicine Hat standout scored 40 points in 68 games for Chicago during the 2008-09 campaign and parlayed that into a three-year, $9.25 million deal.

But after Chicago traded Barker to Minnesota for Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy, things started to go south.

Injuries and erratic play limited him to just 71 games over two seasons with Minnesota and he was placed on waivers 15 months after being acquired. That didn’t stop Edmonton from rolling the dice, though, as the Oilers gave Barker a one-year, $2.25 million deal in July 2011.

Things with the Oilers went much like they did with the Wild. Described by the Edmonton Journal as injury-riddled and error-prone, Barker only appeared in 23 games and wasn’t given a qualifying offer this past June.

Now, he’s trying to work his way back via a professional tryout offer from Dallas’ minor league affiliate.

While these might seem like tough times for ol’ Cam, don’t shed too many tears. According to the Chicago Tribune, he recently sold his three-bedroom condo for $1.085 million, so he’s probably a ways away from existing solely on ramen noodles.

  1. kicksave1980 - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    As a Hawks fan, I never liked him, but didn’t hold his draft slot against him. He never should have been drafted at #3, period. Ovechkin and Malkin are always brought up in Barker discussion, but more importantly, look at the players drafted after him. Hindsight is 20/20, I guess. All that said, I hope he is able to get on with the Texas Stars and somehow find his way back to the show. Seemed like a good enough guy, just in over his head.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Barker had all the tools, just didn’t work out. That’s the draft in a nutshell, doesn’t matter if you were drafted 1st or 300th.

      As a Wild fan, I was hoping that it would, it didn’t … best of Luck Barker and I hope you invested your money wisely

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Good thing the Wild gave up Nick Leddy for him…

    • williplett - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Yeah. That trade has proved to be a total failure, but nobody thought Barker’s career would be this big a mess at the age of 26. He was flat out brutal with the Wild; I seem to remember a handful of healthy scratches tossed in there. As a Wild fan, however, I believe Fletcher has more than made up for it.

      I just wish I could see the team he’s put together out on the ice…

  3. lordfletcher - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    why even bring it up?

    You can’t win on every trade. As a Wild fan, I thought we all said to leave this in the past and burry it as a Fletcher learning experience… which clearly he has recovered from. Lucky for Wild fans, Leddy hasn’t panned out to gold like he showed there for a while in Chicago…

    That all said, Leddy is still a great young Dman in the making, but nothing like a Doughty type player.

    I played against Leddy in highschool while attending EP (I am 4 years older) and he skated circles around me :(

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I totally agree that was Fletcher’s one and as far as I can think of his only blunder.

    Other than that, Fletcher had made every right move.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      agree

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