Tyson Barrie
Tyson Barrie
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Barrie hasn't shied away from shooting the puck in the past few seasons, posting at least 170 shots on goal for the third straight campaign in 2017-18. However, he also turned in a 7.9 shooting percentage -- his best over the three-year span -- to convert the shots into a career-best 14 goals in addition to his 43 assists. Despite doubling the Avs' next-closest blueliner -- Erik Johnson with 25 points -- on the offensive end, Barrie's defensive deficiencies sprouted a minus-15 rating that dings his stock slightly. There's little reason to anticipate his rating will improve much in 2018-19, but Barrie remains a valuable fantasy asset as a contributor for counting stats along the blue line. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract with the Avalanche in July of 2016, which is expected to be worth $5.5 million per year.
Goal binge continues
DColorado Avalanche
March 21, 2019
Barrie contributed a goal, four shots and eight blocks in Thursday's 3-1 win over Dallas.
Barrie scored 5:19 into the third to make it 2-0, and that goal turned into the winner after Dallas got on the scoresheet later in the final frame. Four of the talented defenseman's 11 goals this season have come in the past three games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Barrie just turned 26 and has 140 points over the last three seasons, so what’s not to like? Unfortunately, his scoring in that time has regressed from 53 points to 49 to 38, and the blueliner’s poor play in the defensive zone has resulted in a minus-50 rating over the last two campaigns. On the bright side, Barrie set a new career high with 182 shots on goal despite missing eight games last year, though he scored on just 3.8 percent of those. Barrie’s offensive skills are legitimate enough to nab 20 power-play points, but the combination of his own shortcomings and the subpar team around him should make him a plus-minus black hole once again. One of those problems could be alleviated if the trade rumblings surrounding Barrie finally come to fruition.
Barrie has quickly entered the conversation as arguably a top-10 blueliner coming into his sixth season with the Avalanche. He narrowly avoided an arbitration ruling at the end of July by agreeing to a four-year, $22 million contract extension. The 25-year-old has been a force on the power play for two straight seasons – three goals and 18 assists last year – and is one to be watched on even-strength offense. Altogether, the 2009 third-round pick notched 13 tallies, 36 helpers and five game-winning markers to round it out. The only knock is his minus-16 rating, but Colorado is coming in improved and hungry, leaving the door wide open for a better number in 2016-17. Barrie won’t budge from his first pairing and consistent time on the man advantage, making him an excellent draft pick with upside.
After establishing himself as a dangerous offensive blueliner with 38 points in 2013-14, Barrie took his game up another notch last season, recording 12 goals and 53 points in 80 games. In a disastrous year for Colorado, Barrie was one of the few bright spots, emerging as a lethal power-play option and becoming one of the league’s premier talents on defense. Moreover, the 24-year-old showed a developing two-way game by leading all Avalanche players with a plus-5 rating, in addition to making large gains in the hits and blocks categories from a season earlier. With rising stars Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nate MacKinnon among others offering playmaking abilities up front, Barrie has the supporting cast in place to churn out another 50-point season, with the potential to even surpass his 2014-15 total. This guy is the real deal and should be drafted with confidence among the league's other top fantasy defensemen.
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 Avs’ 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 Avs’ blue line next season, but will likely start the year at AHL Lake Erie.
Barrie finished second in voting for the WHL’s 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.
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Leads charge in win
DColorado Avalanche
March 17, 2019
Barrie scored two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Devils.
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Tallies two points
DColorado Avalanche
March 5, 2019
Barrie scored the game-tying goal and posted a power-play assist with four shots on net in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday.
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Adds two more assists
DColorado Avalanche
February 25, 2019
Barrie registered a pair of helpers in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
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Registers 20th power-play point
DColorado Avalanche
February 23, 2019
Barrie contributed an assist on the man advantage in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators.
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Cold in February
DColorado Avalanche
February 14, 2019
Barrie has only one assist in seven games since the beginning of February.
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