Colorado Avalanche Should Keep Tyson Barrie

WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 16: Tyson Barrie
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#2 – He’s great in transition / on the rush

Barrie plays an offense first game from the back end, there’s no denying it. Fans have criticized him in the past for his turnovers. He does turn the puck over more than some of the other defenseman on the team, but that’s because he handles the puck so much more. So yeah, it’s going to look like he has more turnovers, but he also starts the play much more often.

In some of his more advanced stats taken by, Tyson Barrie ranks in at least the 50th percentile in every category, including the defensive ones. For possession entries per 60 minutes and possession entry percentage into the offensive zone, he ranks 89th and 93rd percentile respectively.

Basically, he’s stupid good with the puck on his stick when entering the offensive zone. Erik Johnson and Samuel Girard have similar numbers, but Barrie is the best at it consistently.