Originally posted on Lowetide  |  Last updated 11/16/11

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Associate coach Tom Renney and head coach Pat Quinn of the Edmonton Oilers look on during the game against the Calgary Flames on September 23, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
When Steve Tambellini signed Cam Barker this summer, we knew what the Oilers were getting based on resume. His recent injury then should be considered a stroke of good luck? In the July 2nd post I linked to above, this was the main issue:Did he ever--at any time--play tough minutes in the NHL? No. He didn't in Minnesota and in Chicago they always had a better option. Whatever Barker's value--real or imagined, it doesn't appear in the secondary disciplines (that I can find). So it set up an interesting situation for Oiler fans. Would coach Tom Renney use Barker as a 5-6D option against the NHL's competition, or would he run him like a high profile $2.25M free agent?According to Gabe Desjardins behind the net, Barker ranks 8 out of the 9 Oiler defensemen in terms of Qual Comp. Now, these things can sway here and there, but it does establish that coach Renney did not consider Barker a better option than Whitney, Gilbert or Smid. Or Potter. And Petry too when he was recalled. Jonathan W...
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