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.
2014-15: Bigras was the OHL’s second-leading scorer amongst defensemen behind Tampa Bay prospect Anthony DeAngelo in his fourth season with Owen Sound. He was invited to Canada’s U20 camp after playing for the OHL all-stars in the Subway Series but was not on the final roster at the World Juniors. In 62 regular season games for the Attack he scored 20 goals with 51 assists and was +9 with 52 penalty minutes. Owen Sound finished fourth in the Midwest Division, falling to Guelph in a first-round playoff series. Bigras scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games against the Storm.
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 may not always 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.
Bigras began his pro career with Colorado AHL affiliate San Antonio in 2015-16, making his NHL debut with the Avalanche as a 20-year-old in January 2016. There is a lot of excitement surrounding his first professional season as the Avalanche have not had a defensive prospect of his caliber in a few years. Slowly gaining a foothold at the NHL level, he is expected to slot into one of the top two pairings for Colorado and provide solid defensive play with offensive flourishes.