"I want to make the team. I feel this is the first year where I have a legitimate shot to make the team, and that's really exciting for me. My goal is to go in and play like I can and show these guys that I deserve to be there." -- Tyson Barrie
As a defenseman, this presented a slight problem.
"I was just terrible defensively," Barrie told NHL.com. "I was a riverboat gambler; I took a lot of chances. But I've really worked on that part of my game since then and I'm going to try and keep improving."
Now 20 years old and one of the Colorado Avalanche's prized prospects, Barrie is one of 19 defensemen listed on the team's 54-man roster for training camp, which opens Sept. 16.