Barker had a great season as a 16 year old in the WHL, he was big, physical and obviously had a lot of offensive talent. As a 16 year old with Medicine Hat, he had a better season (statistically at least) than Jay Bouwmeester a few years earlier. But in the preseason ratings he wasn't considered by Central Scouting as the top WHL prospect. At mid season, despite a point a game pace as a 17 year old D man in the WHL, he was rated as the 5th best North American prospect, and the 3rd best WHL prospect behind Kyle Chipchura and Andrew Ladd. This despite the fact that the two forwards had less points than Barker at the time. Even in the final rankings, Barker was behind Andrew Ladd and lost out to him as the top WHL Pro Prospect. I'm just wondering what it was that kept the scouts from being as enthusiastic about Barker as his size and numbers would seem to indicate they should have been?