by PuckStopsHere on 12/26/16 at 03:11 PM ET
The Christmas break gives us a chance to look back over the past year and take a look at what has happened. One number that jumps out at me is the player with the worst +/- rating since last Christmas. It is Tyson Barrie of the Colotado Avalanche. He has a -34 +/- rating over the past year. This is six points worse than Ben Hutton of Vancouver (who is second worst) and ten points worse than Tyler Seguin of Dallas (who is third worst). Tyson Barrie sticks out because of his poor +/- rating. If instead we used Corsi as a puck possession tat, Barrie is still bad with a fifth worst -263 Corsi.
Despite his failures Tyson Barrie is the ice time leader on the Colorado Avalanche. This is a big part of the reason Colorado is last in the NHL. For this failure, Barrie signed a four year contract with a $5.5 million this summer. Barrie is the worst supposed number one defenceman in the game. He may have value further down on a team's depth charts but he is far too often beaten by opposition. As long as he remains the Colorado Avalanche top defenceman, the Avs will remain well out of the playoffs.
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