Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 28
Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Defenseman Tyson Barrie
Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 11:59 AM / News
By David de Besche - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Tyson Barrie
Tyson Barrie is quickly making a name for himself in his first professional season in the American Hockey League.
The two-way defenseman has three assists over his last four games including two in a 3-0 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins. His 17 points (3g/14a) leads team defensemen, ranks tied for second overall in team scoring and puts him into a tie for the league lead (with Milwaukee’s Ryan Ellis) for points as a rookie defenseman.
The British Columbia native was the Colorado Avalanche’s fourth selection (third round, 64th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
In the 2010-11 season with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL), Barrie led team defensemen and ranked sixth among league blueliners in scoring with 58 points (11g/47a) despite playing just 54 games. He led the entire team in assists and points-per-game (1.07), while finishing third in overall scoring. Barrie was a finalist for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as Defenseman of the Year. Barrie had a goal and two assists in seven games at the World Juniors. He was the Rockets’ top-scoring defenseman during the playoffs with 11 points (2g/9a) in 10 contests.
DID YOU KNOW? Tyson’s father, Len, played 184 NHL games over seven seasons with Philadelphia, Florida, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. His uncle, Mike Barrie, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1993.
Lake Erie’s brief one-game road trip to Rochester ended in a loss to the Americans by a score of 4-1, marking the Monsters’ fourth loss in their last six games (13-15-1). Earlier in the month, the Monsters dropped two games on the road against the Abbotsford Heat, but bounced back with a shootout win on the road against division rival Hamilton. Finally returning home, the Monsters split a two-game set against Grand Rapids, which included a 37-save shutout by goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Cedrick Desjardins is becoming a consistent presence in net as of late and his increased playing time is indicative of his strong play. In 13 games this season, Desjardins is 7-5-1 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.
Ryan Stoa has suited up in all 30 games for the Monsters this season. Stoa rode a three-game point streak in which he recorded two goals and an assist. Ryan currently ranks fourth on the team in points with 16.
Greg Mauldin had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Grand Rapids on December 17. The Massachusetts native ranks tied for second on the Monsters in scoring with 17 points (7g/10a), 13 of which have come in his last 13 contests.
Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) stopped 21 shots in a 6-2 victory over Michigan Tech, improving his record to 14-5-1. Among NCAA Division-1 leaders, Patterson ranks first in shutouts (6), 12th in goals-against average (2.04) and second in minutes played (1204:06).
Nate Condon (Univ. of Minnesota) dished out an assist in a 3-2 loss to Michigan Tech. The Wisconsin native has 14 points (5g/9a) in 20 games for the Golden Gophers.
Kieran Millan (Boston University) earned back-to-back victories over Maine and New Hampshire, 5-1 and 2-1, respectively, improving his record to 8-5-1 on the year. The Edmonton native has a 2.67 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Paul Carey (Boston College) netted a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Providence. Carey has 11 points (5g/6a) in 18 games.
Luke Moffat (Michigan) tallied a goal in a 3-3 tie against in-state rival Michigan State. In 19 games, the sophomore has seven points (3g/4a).
Calvin Pickard (Seattle) made 37 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Giants. The win improved “Pick” to 13-14-0-1 on the year with a 3.44 goals-against average and a .911% save percentage.
Troy Rutkowski (Portland) scored a goal in a 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Giants. Rutkowski has 20 points (6g/14a) in 35 games.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) has four points (2g/2a) in his last three games and eight points (5g/3a) over his last six. The 2011 draft pick ranks fifth on the Whalers with 31 points (15g/16a) and ranks tied for second in plus/minus (+13).
Stephen Silas (Belleville) earned an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Plymouth Whalers. Silas’ 17 points (2g/15a) leads all Bulls defensemen.