Skating: Though Barrie isn’t a pure burner, he’s an agile and elusive skater who can comfortably break the puck out of his end. In the offensive zone, he moves well along the blue line to create different shooting angles and improve the spacing for his teammates. He works best in a free-flowing system.
Shot: Again, he doesn’t possess a cannon, but he’s an effective trigger man. His shot placement and ability to get bids through traffic make him incredibly valuable at the point. If he’s paired with the right scheme for his talents, he will produce at a great clip.
Power Play: It’s no surprise that a large portion of his production comes on the power play. He has a respectable one-timer and distributes the puck simply and intelligently. He seldom looks to complete high-difficulty setups, instead focusing on crisp movement to create several points of attack. It’s solid, fundamental stuff.
Defense: Most offensive blueliners aren’t the best in their zone. That’s just the trade-off you have to accept. Barrie, however, is arguably the single worst defender in the NHL. He regularly gets caught puck-watching and or wandering in no man’s land. Moreover, he frequently loses inside position in net-front situations. He’s as one-dimensional as it gets.
Soft: Barrie isn’t the smallest player around, but he plays like it. He seems terrified of contact, constantly giving up possession to avoid hits and only half-heartedly competing along the boards. If you so much as lean on him, he will give up ground and wait for his next chance to start wheeling and dealing.