General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed their 1st round pick, the third overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Cam Barker.
Tallon also announced the trade of defenseman Steve McCarthy to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
"Steve hadn't played much in the past three years and where we had him slotted I wanted more of a veteran presence," said Tallon. "With the signing of Barker and Brent Seabrook, and the improvement of our young defensemen in Norfolk, it's just a numbers game. Steve's been a big asset to us and he's a great kid. Vancouver wanted him and I'm sure he'll do well for them."
Barker, 19, 6'3", 213 pound defenseman was selected by the Blackhawks in the 1st round, 3rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft of out Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League.
He has played parts of four season for the Medicine Hat Tigers appearing in 188 games recording 46 goals and 115 assists for 161 points and 283 penalty minutes. Barker has also played in 43 career playoff games for the Tigers recording nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points and 51 penalty minutes.
Last season, Barker appeared in 52 for Medicine Hat scoring 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points and 99 penalty minutes. He also won a Gold Medal as member of Canada's 2005 World Junior Championship team. Barker appeared in only three games while notching one assist before missing the reminder of the tournament and part of the regular season due to Mononucleosis.
McCarthy, 24, 6'1", 198 pound defenseman was the Blackhawks 1st round selection, 23rd overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 134 career NHL regular season games recording three goals and 13 assists for 16 points and 45 penalty minutes.
McCarthy missed the majority of the 2003-04 season due to a groin injury and did not play last season.