Player: Chris Bigras
Drafted By: Columbus Blue Jackets (32nd overall)
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 14 North American skater
Height/Weight: 6'0'', 186 lbs
DOB: February 22, 1995 (18 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: OHL, Owen Sound Attack
Chris Bigras is a solid, well-rounded defenseman that plays a complete two-way game. Bigras is an excellent shutdown defender and has shown that he can contribute offensively. In 2012-13, Bigras led the Owen Sound Attack in scoring by a defenseman with 38 points.
Full Scouting Report
Bigras is very solid in his own zone. He is great at executing defensive-zone coverage and his positioning is very solid. He likes to use his stick to disrupt plays from time to time and he makes a hit when he can.
Bigras is also a very good skater who will join the offensive rush from time to time. His outlet passes are also very strong, and he can create offense occasionally. One downside of Bigras is that he is currently on the small side, but he has time to bulk up to become an intimidating all-around defender.
Bigras is an intelligent, do-it-all type of defenseman. He defends at a high level, and although he has some budding offensive potential, he is not yet a spectacular or flashy player. He is very advanced in terms of his defensive reads and positioning, and he projects as a player that can play tougher defensive minutes. He is a solid skater, making a lot of stops in various ways, and he is a very good stickchecker. Bigras is not an aggressive offensive player, but he will show flashes of top puck moving ability, and he tends to make outlet passes from his end well.
NHL Player Comparison
Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. Bigras’ frame, playing style and skill set is very solid for an 18-year-old prospect.
Defensemen take longer to mature than forwards do, so expect Bigras to make his debut at the NHL level by the start of the 2015-16 season.
Bigras does a lot of different things right that make him a promising prospect. He projects to be a dependable top-four defender that can fill many roles. Defensive play is his strong suit, but he has budding offensive talent, which makes him a multidimensional prospect.