Avalanche Defense: 5 Questions for the 2015-16 Season

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Feb 3, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) skates against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. Barrie scores the game tying goal. The Avalanche defeat the Stars 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

4. Will Tyson Barrie have another 50+ point season?

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It’s hard to believe two years ago Tyson Barrie was having difficult making the team. Barrie spent part of October-November 2013 in head coach Patrick Roy’s bad graces.

Barrie made the commitment to play hockey to the best of his ability but not compromise on his style. So was born our clutch offensive defenseman.

Like most of the rest of the Colorado Avalanche team last season, Tyson Barrie got off to a slow start. However, by the end of the season he was leading all defensemen in points with 53 and was sixth overall on the team for points.

Indeed, Barrie was one of six players who earned 50+ points on the Avalanche team and only the fourth-ever Avalanche defenseman to earn so many, along with Sandis Ozolinsh, Ray Bourque and Rob Blake.

That marked a career year for the young defenseman, who has only played 186 games over four seasons. Can he repeat or even better those numbers? That’s kind of the player he has to be.

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