25-Year-Old Defenseman – Colorado Avalanche
Tyson Barrie Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension with the Avalanche in September 2014.
Barrie officially filed for arbitration on Tuesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
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Barrie emerged as a significant source of offense from the back end for the young Avalanche last season, as his 38 points in 64 games were just one behind Erik Johnson -- who played in 16 more contests -- for tops among Colorado rearguards. The British Columbia native skated to a very efficient plus-17 rating and also flashed his prowess in clutch situations on several occasions, finishing third among league defensemen with five game-winning goals -- three of which were in OT. That made him the co-leader in that category, joining top-flight snipers James Neal and Alex Ovechkin. In terms of special teams, the 2009 64th-overall draft pick quietly led the upstart Avs in average power-play ice time, spending 2:47 per game on the man advantage. Unfortunately, Barrie's postseason was cut short when he sprained his MCL in Game 3 of the Avsí first-round matchup against Minnesota, after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Matt Cooke. However, with a full summer to recover, Barrie is expected to enter training camp in September fully healthy and ready to build upon the success of last season.
Barrie had 13 points in 32 games last season for the Avs and seemed to be the lone bright spot on a horrendous blue line. The talented prospect proved he was NHL ready, playing over 21 minutes per game last season, but he was surprisingly sent down to the minors at the end of last season. That move had little to do with his talent and a lot to do with the way his contract was structured -- the Avs saved nearly a million dollars with the move. He seems to be a lock to make the team on the Avs' second defensive pair and see solid time on the power play, too. There's fantasy value in that.
Barrie, who turned 21 in July, joined the Avs late last season and saw limited action, registering no points in just 10 games. He struggled at times at both ends of the rink, but overall showed flashes of the offensive player he was the previous four seasons at WHL Kelowna (225 points in 249 games). Barrie is one of several very promising young defensemen who will continue to compete for a job on the Avsí blue line next season, but will likely start the year at AHL Lake Erie.
Barrie finished second in voting for the WHLís top defenseman last year - edged out by fellow Avalanche prospect Stefan Elliott - after winning the award the previous season. Barrie, who had 11 goals and 58 points this season for the Kelowna Rockets, is expected to compete for a roster spot with the Avs at training camp in September, but will likely open the season at AHL Lake Erie.
Barrie is one of a handful of offensive-minded defensemen currently in the Avs' system. He's been on a real tear for Kelowna of the WHL the past three seasons, having scored a combined 167 points in 195 games. He is expected to spend one more year playing junior before turning pro, but make no mistake - you will see him in the NHL eventually, and he'll be worth owning.