Chris Bigras

by Hayden Soboleski on January 2, 2017

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Chris Bigras, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 194

Born: 1995-02-22

Hometown: Orillia, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2013 by Colorado Avalanche, 32nd Overall

 

 

Observations:

January 2017 - Through avenues other than the Avalanche organization, it has come out that the undisclosed injury that kept Bigras out of the lineup for two months was indeed a concussion as rumours suggested. He is back in the AHL lineup with four points in three games so far. After such a promising pro debut last season, let's hope that he has made a full recovery. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2016 - Bigras is out of the AHL lineup indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2016 - Bigras has been assigned to the AHL to start the 2016-17 season. He looked good in training camp, showing off his intelligence beyond his years, but did show his youth at times, and sometimes allowed opponents to play their game a little too easily. He is capable of NHL duties should an injury arise, and will be fantasy relevant if its a long-term call-up, but a year of AHL development will make him an even bigger threat to become a top defenceman in the future. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2016 - Bigras has come into the Avs Training camp and Rookie Showcase and done nothing but impress. He reads the play at an exceptional level, and combined with his smooth skating this allows for him to be a constant threat with the puck. He has clearly been working on his shot - which is improved from last season and may lead to his stats being less assist-based. The 21-year-old has done everything right and probably deserves an NHL spot, but the amount of bodies brought in by Colorado makes this unlikely right now. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2015 - In an effort to promote better play through competition, the Avalanche have recalled promising prospects Bigras and Zadorov from the AHL. The team now carries eight defencemen so ice-tie will have to be earned, but its nice to see those with upside being given a chance over other bottom-pairing options. Bigras is having a strong rookie season with the Rampage and will be a contender for an NHL job in the near future. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2015 - Bigras has started his first AHL season with four points in six games and a plus-two rating, all whie receiving ample ice time and often facing his opponents' top lines. This is exactly the start the organization hoped to see from the talented 20 year old who hasn't been stalled so far on his way to becoming a top defender. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2015 – Bigras had a breakout offensive year with Owen Sound in the OHL, scoring 71 points in 62 games (20 goals, 51 assists). Twelve of his goals came on the powerplay which he quarterbacked, while he also racked up some penalties of his own (52 PIM). Not making the cut for the Team Canada World Junior roster was discouraging, but given the stacked roster and his very strong play before and after the event his progression towards being an elite fantasy own should not be in question. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2014 – Owen Sound defenceman Chris Bigras has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in both games on November 13th and 17th in Peterborough and Kingston, respectively. Brendan Ross

 

January 2014- Bigras had a rather dissapointing World Junior showing, accounting for no points and not much ice time to go along with it. Nerves could have played a large role but he was fairly invisible and only managed a measly plus- 1 in seven games. The potential is still there and he is still a big time prospect for the Colorado Avalanche, but this wasn't his best showing all around. Andrew Ward

 

December 2013 - Chris Bigras was one of seven defensemen named to Team Canada's final roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Canada will look to Bigras to play a smart two-way game and the young Avalanche prospect could find himself on the secondary powerplay if things go well. Brendan Ross

 

September 2013 - Chris Bigras has inked an entry level deal with the Colorado Avalanche on September 18th. This isn't surprising being that Bigras has had a fantastic camp so far and has been a standout in scrimmages. Andrew Ward

 

September 2013- Chris Bigras has impressed everyone at camp. A smooth skater with strong defensive ability, whispers out of camp have him making The Avalanche roster on opening night. Bigras was a solid pick for the Avs in the second round and has not disapointed so far. With the Avs defense not being their strongest position, we may see more of Bigras over the course of the year. Andrew Ward

 

June 2013 – Tremendous hockey sense, strong skating ability and smart decision making are the standout qualities you will find in Owen Sound Attack defenseman Chris Bigras. Playing in the shadow of Senators’ 2012 1st round pick, Cody Ceci, Bigras is an under-the-radar defensive prospect for the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Bigras doesn’t possess a flashy offensive game but he does have some underlying potential to put up points. He is excellent in the defensive zone, showing great positioning and an ability to read the opposition’s attack. Bigras' strong skating stride allows him to jump into the rush and lead the attack but he is also very efficient at making the first pass to kick start the transition game. In 68 games with Owen Sound, Bigras contributed eight goals and 38 points, finishing second in defensive scoring. Bigras was also a key member of Canada’s U18 WHC defense core adding a trio of assists en route to a gold medal. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

Bigras has the composure, hockey IQ, and now the offensive game and will be a versatile all-around defenseman.

 

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