With the 25th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Justin Barron from the Halifax Mooseheads to the QMJHL.
Once viewed as a potential Top-5 pick, Barron has seen his draft season hijacked by blood clot issues that have forced him to undergo two surgeries in the past six months.
Place of birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date of Birth: November 15, 2001
Size: 6’2 «
Weight: 198 lbs
Barron is a great defender who skates very well and has a great first pass. He enjoys carrying the puck through the neutral zone and is ready to lead when he puts the puck on his stick. Having said that, the Boy Scouts have concerns about his decision making. It doesn’t show the kind of instinct with the puck that you would expect from a high-end puck mover.
He has a decent shot from the point but will never be mistaken for an attacking defender.
On the defensive end of the puck, he’s one of the best in the draft. He’s great at turning off attackers at the blue line, and he uses an active stick to stop plays in goal. There are few players in his class who defend themselves better face to face against puck carriers.
Elite Prospects: # 70
Future considerations: # 38
Hockey Prospect: # 46
Hockey de McKeen: # 54
McKenzie / TSN: # 25
NHL Central Tracking: # 16 (North American skaters)
A late birthday, Barron is further along in his development than the rest of the class. He is only one season away from joining the AHL where he will be looking to improve mentally in his game before making the jump to the NHL.
A low-floor pick, Barron doesn’t plan to be a top-notch defender, but he could turn into a really good second-pair guy to play behind Cale Makar.
This is the third time in the past four years that the Avalanche have used their first-round pick against a defenseman.
The Avalanche adds yet another Nova Scotian as Barron joins Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Graves, Shane Bowers and Matthew Stienburg in the organization.
In fact, Barron grew up playing with Stienburg who was a 3rd round pick for the Avalanche a year ago.