Colorado Avalanche Could Trade Tyson Barrie to the New Jersey Devils

DENVER, CO - MARCH 29: Tyson Barrie
DENVER, CO - MARCH 29: Tyson Barrie /
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MONTREAL, QC – DECEMBER 19: Michael McLeod /

Michael McLeod

Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 194
Experience: OHL

Michael McLeod carries a higher risk for the Colorado Avalanche. Though he’s signed to an entry-level contract, he hasn’t even played in the AHL yet. He’s the captain of his OHL team, the Mississauga Steelheads. The Devils selected him #12 in the 2016 NHL Draft.

That said, he’s more up the Colorado Avalanche’s alley than Pavel Zacha in that he’s known for being speedy. Really speedy. He plays a very dynamic game.

Here’s how McKeens Hockey describes McLeod:

"“The intangibles he brings in addition to his terrific speed make him a can’t miss prospect.  He is going to be a top two center with size, speed, grit, faceoff prowess, penalty killing abilities ..what is there not to like?  He may never lead the league in scoring… but neither will Jonathan Toews.  This kid is a winner.”"

That two-way game combined with the speed is what makes him ideal for the Avalanche. He’ll take more development time, but it could really pay off in the long run.

I’d say swapping out McLeod for Zacha in the above proposal is probably a more realistic scenario:

Additionally, I’d say for a trade with the New Jersey Devils to work, the Colorado Avalanche would have to get a pretty good defensive prospect back. The Devils have some decent ones such as Colton White, Steven Santini and Yaroslav Dyblenko.

None of those players is going to replace Barrie’s offensive production, but the hope would be that either Zacha or McLeod would. The d-man would do what he supposed to — suppress shots and decrease opponent scoring chances.

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What’s more, next season is supposed to be a good draft year. Having two first-rounders would be a big boon to the Colorado Avalanche.

So, all in all, trading Tyson Barrie to the New Jersey Devils could improve the Avs.