"Riley is at a point right now where he can really take that next step in his development," said Blasi, who used Barber on the power play and penalty kill and primarily on the right side. "He can score goals, he has a knack for that. To play at the next level, the biggest thing is you have to be consistently good every day and that takes all three of those parts – mental, physical and emotional. And those are the things we will continue to work on."
"The culture that we've tried to create here at Miami is one of relationships and family and helping these individuals mature and grow as individuals and I think its not far off the philosophy coach [Barry] Trotz there in Washington," Blasi said Monday.