The Tyson Barrie-Nikita Zadorov pairing is the big iffy for me. It could go spectacularly well, or it could fail just as spectacularly.
It’s possible Zadorov’s size and physicality can complement Barrie’s speed and offense. It’s possible Zadorov could be an upgrade on the anchor Nate Guenin has been providing Barrie. It could be that Nikita Zadorov will even use his size and physicality to open up some space for Tyson Barrie to rove.
It’s just as possible that Zadorov and Barrie will both end up out of position. They could spend the majority of their shifts chasing each other and the puck back into their own zone. If that happens, I see head coach Patrick Roy doing what he did for Erik Johnson last year — giving him back his old d-partner.
Like I said, though, I hope we get a chance to see the Barrie-Zadorov pairing pan out.
What do you think of this pairing’s chances to stay together, Avs Nation?
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