When people think of the Florida Panthers this season the first names that come to mind will be Brian Campbell, Stephen Weiss, and Kris Versteeg. Krys Barch was acquired from the Dallas Stars earlier in the season to add some toughness to a “soft” team. Over the last month the Florida Panthers have certainly not been playing their best hockey, but Barch has been one of the few Panthers playing consistent hockey throughout the last number of games.
When you look at Krys Barch you don’t see a creative nifty puck handler, but rather you see the face of a man fighting every shift trying to contribute in any way possible to help his team, whether its getting a big hit or throwing punches with some of the toughest guys in the league. Krys Barch has certainly contributed more than I certainly thought he would.
As we know the Panthers haven’t quite played as sharp as they did in the beginning of the season so far in 2012. Since December 22nd the Panthers have gone 4-4-5 and have slowly started to lose their grip on the Southeast Division in which they were in 1st place for basically all of the 1st half of the season. Krys Barch has been one of the bright spots though.
Over the last 30 days, which would consist of 11 games, Krys Barch has 3 points which is the same as Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann over that span. He has 27 penalty minutes, the majority of which are from fights which leads the team, and he also leads the team surprisingly in +/- with a +4. We also saw him making a key contribution in the latest Panther game against the Winnipeg Jets in which he shot the puck, and it was deflected by Mike Santorelli for a goal, which in the end served as a significant momentum boost for the Panthers.
I’m not saying that Krys Barch is a HUGE component to the Florida Panthers plan for the future, but for the time being he is certainly holding his own, especially since the Panthers have been looking for some sort of spark to get them on a little roll for the 2nd half of the season. Many will overlook Barch, but I see him as a guy fighting every night, and in someway use what little ice time he gets to help the team win. Which is what you can ask for from any player.
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