Vancouver Canucks: The Great Tyson Barrie Debate

Mar 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 15, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks fans celebrate forward Bo Horvat (53) goal against Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller (1) (not pictured) during the second period in game one of the first round of the the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

FOR BARRIE: A Homecoming is still a Selling Point

Say what you want to say about Tyson Barrie. You cannot change the fact that Barrie is native of Victoria, British Columbia, and was a point-per-game defenseman for the Kelowna Rockets. He has been a mainstay in the Northwest Division with the Avalanche, and now he is due for a homecoming.

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Think selecting Pierre-Luc Dubois over Mikhail Sergachev, Olli Juolevi, Logan Brown, or Tyson Jost is going to get the fans cheering? Wait until you see how many pour in when Tyson Barrie makes his Canucks debut.

The argument goes out the window when we consider the dynamic high-tempo transition game that Barrie brings to the ice with flashes of skill and a magnificent shot. He’s the real deal that gets the crowd going nuts just about all the time except when he is down on the ice after getting checked.

Especially after watching the Pittsburgh Penguins defense playing such an up-beat series with six Barrie-like blueliners, the hockey is going to be spectacular. The Canucks have size to offer, too.

The Vancouver Canucks have a lot of things going for them. Free agency is going to open with a bang but not before the entry draft which will surely result in more gray on GM Jim Benning’s head. The Tyson Barrie debate is far from being over.

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But let me tell you, if the Canucks can work Barrie into the lineup, the group will be able to challenge for the playoffs pretty darn well.

Stay tuned.