Cage Match: Torey Krug vs Tyson Barrie

Rick Roos

2019-01-23

 

With my last defensemen battle coming way back in August, I figure another was overdue. And this is a doozy, pitting Torey Krug against Tyson Barrie. Both are reliable sources of blueline offence, but which one is better at present and going forward? Let’s find out – Cage Match starts now!

 

Career Path and Contract Status

 

Krug, 27, went undrafted but was a highly sought-after commodity after seeing his point total increase with each passing season in college. He signed with Boston in March 2012 and paid dividends by scoring four goals in his first five playoff games, cementing his spot with the Bs. Over his first three full seasons, Krug was solid but unspectacular, scoring 39-44 points per campaign. But as Zdeno Chara’s role diminished Krug stepped up. First, it was with 51 points in 2016-17, then 59 in only 76 contests last season – including 37 points in his last 38 games. This season he’s stayed just as hot despite missing 11 games in the first half.

 

Barrie, also 27, was selected 64th overall in the 2009 entry draft and posted a cumulative 130 points in 117 games in his age 18 and 19 WHL seasons. He split the next two seasons between the AHL and NHL before spending most of 2013-14 with the Avs and producing much better (38 points in 64 games). Now settled in the NHL, Barrie took things to another level with 53 points in 2014-15. But rather than being able to use that as a springboard to fantasy stardom, Barrie instead saw his scoring rate stay in neutral in 2015-16 (49 points in 78 games) and then drop to 38 points in 74 games in 2016-17. But to say he rebounded last season would be a vast understatement, as he posted a career-high 57 points. However, those came in only 68 games, marking the second straight season where he missed eight-plus games.

 

Krug has one year left on a deal that dings the cap at $5.2M per campaign, whereas Barrie is inked for two more seasons with an annual cap hit of $5.5M. Each will be a UFA when his current contract ends.

 

Ice Time (Data in this and the other tables is current through January 20th)

Season

Total Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

PP Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

SH Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

2018-19

21:49 (T.K.) – 1st

21:52 (T.B.) – 2nd

3:52 (T.K.) – 1st

4:21 (T.B.) – 1st

0:19 (T.K.) – 10th

0:07 (T.B.) – 8th