Riley Barber Returning to Miami for Junior Season

Matt Christians

Barber's return will likely make Miami preseason favorites once again.

Miami sophomore forward Riley Barber confirmed via Twitter on Thursday morning that he will join teammates Austin Czarnik and Blake Coleman in returning to Miami next season, rather than signing a pro contract with the Washington Capitals.

Barber, a sixth round draft choice of the Washington Capitals in 2012, scored 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points this season for the RedHawks. But while he had great individual success, Miami limped to a last place finish in the NCHC after being picked to finish first overall in preseason league polls. With the trio of Czarnik, Coleman, and now Barber all returning, Miami will likely be one of the preseason favorites in the league once again.

Barber was ranked 25th overall in on our list of Top 100 NHL Prospects in the NCAA Here's what we had to say about him.:

Barber is one of the most lethal scoring threats in the NCAA this year. His offensive instincts and heavy shot with quick release make him a threat to score any time he is in the offensive zone. He captained the 2014 US World Junior team, and had a solid World Juniors for the second year in a row.

For more on Barber and his pro potential, check out this scouting report on him from last November.

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