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Tyson Barrie Signs with the Edmonton Oilers

Tyson Barrie

According to reports the Edmonton Oilers has signed free-agent defenceman Tyson Barrie to a one-year year contract worth a little north of  $3.75 million.

Tyson Barrie Signs with the Edmonton

Over his nine-year career, Barrie has played for the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has put up 80 goals and 266 assists for 346 points in 554 career games. He was originally drafted in the third round, 64th overall in the 2009 NHL draft by the Avalanche.

Last season he scored five times and had 34 assists for 39 points in 70 games. He also added 16 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 53.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 3.0%. Barrie also registered 76 blocked shots during the 2019-20 season.

Looking to the Future

Barrie was a great shutdown defenceman on the Maple Leafs. He was usually paired with Travis Dermott on the second defensive line. His 76 blocks were fourth on the team, closely behind Cody Ceci.  Playing an average of just under 22 minutes per game demonstrates how crucial he was to the Leafs’ defensive core, and his Corsi makes him even more valuable. A 53.8% Corsi means the Leafs were controlling the puck more often than not when Barrie was on the ice. He was sixth on his team in this category, but third when only including skaters who played more than half of the games this season.

While Barrie isn’t known for scoring many goals, he helps create scoring chances for his skilled forwards. He was second on his team for assists, and first for defencemen. He is usually on the first powerplay unit, fourth on his team for power-play assists. Barrie’s experience, strong defensive play, and ability to create offence makes him a great top-four defenceman and is a great fit for the Oilers. This signing will surely be beneficial for the entire term of the contract.

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