Let’s continue our countdown with #24 Stu Barnes.
#24 Stu Barnes
Time with the Panthers: 1993-96
Panther Stats: 191 GP (60th), 49 G (29th), 72 A (32nd),
121 PTS (31st)
Best Season: 1995-96 72 GP 19-25-44
Number Worn: 14
Number 24 is Stu Barnes. Yes, Barnes may have mediocre numbers at first glance but he was a crucial part of the Finals run in 1995-96. Barnes put up 16 points in 22 playoff games. Barnes wasn’t drafted in the expansion draft but he was traded to the Panthers early in 1993-94. The major reason Barnes is on here is mainly because of his playoff numbers. The Panthers ended up trading Barnes and Jason Wooley to Pittsburgh for Chris Wells. This trade is arguably one of the worst trades in franchise history.
- Barnes has played for the Jets, Panthers, Penguins, Sabres and Stars
- Barnes was captain of the Sabres at one point.
- Barnes has an arena named after him in Spruce Grove, Alberta which is where he was born.
- Barnes is currently the co-owner of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans