Will Tyson Barrie maintain the play he established last season, or was he over-achieving?
You can just paste in I WANT TO BELIEVE.jpg here because I've been a big believer in Tyson since his world junior performance, he seems by the numbers to make his teammates better, and man I just hope he doesn't end up over his head by default because the D is bad and get buried. Because I can definitely see that happening. But that doesn't mean he was overachieving and I totally want to believe the awesome isn't imaginary.
I think he keeps up his point production and makes up for the likely dip in production from Holden. I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks 50 points.
Slight over-achieve and much more likely to see a sophomore slump but won't fall off the planet (I know he's been around longer, it's just the analogy...).
He's always had moments of brilliance. Unfortunately he was just hitting his groove when he got injured. I've been drinking the Kool-Aid lately so I'm going to go with "maintain or slightly higher" than last season. I expect Roy will start leaning on him a bit more this year.
I love me some Tyson Barrie. That being said, I would really love it if he because a better defenseman. If he can do that, the sky is the limit for that kid. Just... dude. Stop that guy with the puck. Use your stick, use your shoulder, pinch him against the boards or just slow him up enough to get some help. Also, be sure to keep scoring.
I think the Lake Erie fans have seen the last of him.
I think Barrie will continue to be the quiet catalyst on the blue line behind EJ and is this team's answer to John-Michael Liles. He should be good for a 40+ point season as a captain of the power play and a very good ES point producer. I'm not sold on him scoring as many goals again but I think his points will ultimately make a jump.
For the sake of all of our sanity, I hope he plays as well as he did last year. Our blueline - while stronger - is still fairly weak, so we need Barrie continuing to be a cornerstone if we want to even make the playoffs again. I don't think he was playing above his head last season, but I also think having a veteran partner like Stuart or Hejda could allow him to take his game to the next level. Just like with Mac, there might be some bumps in the road this year, but I don't think this coaching staff will let him derail completely. The second pairing is his, and it will be interesting watching him grow into that role.
He'll pick up right where he left off offensively, but we'll see some improvement on D. Getting a partner better than Guenin will do wonders for him.