In the absence of Oscar Klefbom, the power play expert for the Edmonton Oilers, newcomer Tyson Barrie will have to claim the back pocket on the power play.
Barrie, who is set for his first season in Alberta, plays a style of play that is akin to that of a true football quarterback. The 29-year-old defender enjoys taking long shots and creating opportunities for his teammates.
“The big difference [avec Klefbom] is you will see a guy who wants to shoot some more. It adds a dynamic element to the blue line. I liked what I saw, ”said coach Dave Tippett in a video conference on Saturday.
It is indeed a formula that has worked well for Barrie in his first nine seasons in the National Hockey League. The former Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs produced 129 of his 346 career points with one man more.
Barrie will be under pressure to lead the best power play of the 2019-20 season, but with forwards the caliber of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the task is already easier.
“These guys like to rush into the enclave and try to stay between the circles. I’ll have to take shots to create opportunities for them and these three can let their creativity go, ”said Barrie.
Already in its place
The BC full-back feels comfortable with all the Oilers stars. After all, he’s already played with great players like Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and John Tavares during his career.
“I know how to play with good players and it’s positive for me. These guys are very good, if not better, than anyone I’ve played with, he mentioned. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m excited to watch these guys do what they do best. ”
On the first wave of the power play, Alex Chiasson and Kailer Yamamoto shared the tasks along with McDavid, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins and Barrie.
The latter is comfortable with his new teammates and is eager to get back on a new footing after a season of mixed success in Toronto.
“They are such talented players, top players and smart guys. We feel great after just one practice, ”said Barrie.