Friday, September 5, 2014

Tyson Barrie Autograph Card

Congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche who, by signing Tyson Barrie to a two-year bridge deal come into training camp with a full roster and no unsigned free agents. Congrats to Barrie for cashing in on his team-leading (among defensemen) 13-goal season, and here's to hoping he can continue to develop and help the Avs go deeper in the playoffs this year.

The son of former Edmonton Oilers draft pick (and for a short while part owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and currently in litigation in at least 10 court filings) Len Barrie, Tyson Barrie was the Avs' third-round pick (64th overall) in 2009. His minor-league career was nothing short of impressive, having won silver at the 2011 World Juniors and played in WHL, CHL and AHL All-Star Games.

He had 38 points in just 64 games from the point last year - plus 2 assists in 3 playoff games - and is the type of player who could be a regular 50-point contributor in the NHL on an offense-minded team like Colorado, perhaps peaking with 65 or 70 and a Norris nomination or two.

I have therefore started collecting his cards, starting with this insert from Panini's 2013-14 Score (#SS-TB of the Signature sub-set), a blue-sharpied signature on a sticker, with his jersey number (41) added for good measure:

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