2010-11: Chris Bigras was team captain for the Barrie Colts minor midget AAA team, scoring 7 goals with 25 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 43 games. In three games at the OHL Cup he had 2 assists. Bigras was selected by Owen Sound in the second round (41st overall) of the 2011 OHL Priiority Draft.
2011-12: Bigras played in 49 games for Owen Sound in his first OHL season and represented Canada Ontario in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. The emergence of Bigras as a rookie allowed the Attack to move two of their veteran defensemen at the OHL trade deadline. He finished the season plus-seven with 3 goals and 16 assists with 33 penalty minutes. In the Attack’s five-game playoff series with Kitchener he was plus-five while scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. In six games for Canada Ontario at the WHC he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Bigras finished with a plus-35 plus/minus in his second season with Owen Sound, trailing only overage defenseman Nathan Chiarlitti amongst Attack skaters, as Owen Sound finished with the OHL’s third-best record. In 68 regular season games he scored 8 goals with 30 assists and had 34 penalty minutes. The Attack reached the second round in the OHL playoffs and in twelve playoff games Bigras had 2 assists and was minus-six with 8 penalty minutes. He joined Canada for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship following the OHL playoffs. In six games for the gold medal squad he was minus-two with no points or penalty minutes. Bigras was ranked 14th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Bigras is not an overly flashy defenseman but he was considered one of the most intelligent defenseman in his draft class for a reason. He uses his superior hockey IQ to play a simple but effective game. Fans won’t notice his play but coaches will certainly appreciate his dependability.
It is not a question of if Bigras will ever see NHL playing time but when will he be deemed ready by head coach Patrick Roy. It took only one training camp for this second rounder to be offered an ELC contract and many believe his name is already penciled in as a future first pairing partner for Erik Johnson.