who can take a pass from his leftside partner, skate and move the puck to his blue line and pass up to a streaking McDavid tape to tape, forehand to forehand, let alone a good shot on the powerplay to open up the zone even a wee bit for McThreadTheNeedle.
The angle from a left-shooting guy, even on the right side of the ice to the middle lane is tighter than from an ideal right-shooting player, especially if he's near the boards or is using his body to protect the puck between him and the boards.
It's why Eberle plays so well with McDavid, why Kurri and Gretzky were pure magic, and why having a lefty-to-righty skilled pairs is virtually vital to playmaking in hockey.
Having Tyson Barrie from the Avalanche, a 24 year old RFA who is now in salary arbitration, was deemed by coach Patrick Roy as a 5th defenseman. His value is much more than that.
From http://ownthepuck.blogspot.ca, we can clearly see Barrie is a top pairing offensive defenseman.
Peter Chiarelli declared that he's happy with the team lineup now. I don't know a single Oilers fan who is though. He has to say that in case he's unable to make a deal.
But that doesn't mean Pete's not going to keep working to make it even better and more ideal. That's why he offered the Avs Benoit Pouliot, Nail Yakupov, and a 1st round pick, but it was apparently and obviously turned down as the Avs would want a decent defenseman in return.
It can be argued that Barrie is better than Larsson and would garner more in return than Taylor Hall, say Nugent-Hopkins + Brandon Davidson/Darnell Nurse + 2017 1st Round Pick.
Listening to Bob Stauffer on Monday, he thinks as Barrie's arbitration goes on, his trade value goes down as the Avs will want to unload him more instead of lose him to free agency.
He then suggested that a three-way deal with Anaheim might be in store with Fowler going the Avs. Fowler is not nearly as good as Barrie but makes a little more $4m to $3.2m.
Barrie is even better than Sekera ($5.5m) so he'd have every inclination to demand at least that. And the Oilers could afford it.
For the expansion draft, teams can protect 7 forwards, 3 d-men, and 1 goalie, or 8 players and a goalie. Players within first 2 years of pro hockey are already protected. If a player has a no movement clause, he counts in one of the declared protected players.
Oilers who'd already be protected include: McDavid, Nurse, Puljujarvi
They should protect:
7 forwards: Lucic, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle, Pouliot, Yakupov, Maroon
3 defensemen: Sekera (NMC), Klefbom, Larsson
1 goalie: Talbot
Forwards: Hendricks (if he re-signs), Letestu, Kassian, Pakarinen, Lander
Defensemen: Reinhart, Fayne, Davidson
Goalies: Gustavsson, Brossoit
If Barrie is traded for, you'd want to protect him, so that would expose Klefbom because you'd still want to protect Larsson wouldn't you, and Sekera has a no movement clause.
So maybe, just maybe you trade Klefbom for Barrie straight up because you're going to lose him anyway if you bring Barrie for other players. Las Vegas would be nuts not take Klefbom.
Offensive top 4 right-shot defenseman?