Chris Bigras
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Chris Bigras

Hometown:

Elmvale Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-02-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (32nd overall), 2013

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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 12 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-2 with no points or penalty minutes. Bigras was ranked 14th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Colorado in the second round (32nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Bigras made a positive impression in his first NHL training camp with the Avalanche —signing a three-year entry-level contract with Colorado in September — before returning to Owen Sound for his second OHL season. He represented Canada at the 2014 World Juniors. Hampered by a nagging leg injury most of the year, he scored 4 goals with 22 assists in 55 regular season games and was minus-11 with 46 penalty minutes. With several newcomers in the lineup the Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division and lost to Sault Ste. Marie in the first round. Bigras scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-7 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games. In seven games for the Canada U20 team he was plus-2 with no points nor penalties. Canada finished fourth; falling to Russia in the bronze medal game.

Talent Analysis

Bigras is not an overly flashy defenseman but he was considered one of the most intelligent defensemen in his draft class. 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. Does not play a punishing style but he is extremely effective at anticipating opposition scoring opportunities and preventing them from happening.

Future

Bigras attended his second training camp with the Avalanche before being returned to Owen Sound for the 2014-15 season. He played for Team OHL in the Subway Series against Russia and is a likely candidate to represent Canada for the second time when it hosts the 2015 World Juniors. Now in his fourth season with the Attack, he has shown an offensive component to his game — matching his career-high in goals (eight) in Owen Sound's first 21 games — while continuing to play the strong defense for which he is noted. Long-term his skill set suggests he can be a top pairing defender at the NHL level in the future.

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