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Red Wings reassign Barber to taxi squad

Forward has appeared in 12 NHL games with Washington and Montreal

by Kyle Kujawa @DetroitRedWings / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today reassigned right wing Riley Barber to the team's taxi squad from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Barber, 26, is a veteran of 283 American Hockey League games, posting 217 points (106-111-217) and 204 penalty minutes over five seasons with the Hershey Bears, Laval Rocket and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Barber saw time with three teams in 2019-20 appearing in nine games with the Montreal Canadiens, logging 31 points (13-18-31) in 39 games with Laval and picking up six points (3-3-6) in seven games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after he was traded from Montreal to Pittsburgh on Feb. 20. Barber previously had a three-game NHL stint with the Washington Capitals in the 2016-17 season and has totaled 12 NHL games over his professional career. The 6-foot, 190-pound winger also has 15 points (5-10-15) in 38 career AHL postseason games.

Originally drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Barber signed with the Capitals after spending three seasons at Miami University, where he scored at over a point-per-game pace with 123 points (54-69-123), a plus-24 rating and 62 penalty minutes in 116 games. Barber earned several collegiate honors, including CCHA Rookie of the Year and First All-Star Team in 2012-13 and NCHC Second All-Star Team in 2013-14, and helped the RedHawks to a conference championship in 2014-15. He also won a 2011 Clark Cup championship in the United States Hockey League with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and spent the 2011-12 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native captained the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship after winning gold at the event in 2013, combining for 12 points (7-5-12) in 12 games between the two tournaments.

Riley Barber, Forward
Born Feb 7 1994 -- Pittsburgh, PA
Height 6.00 -- Weight 198 -- Shoots R

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