Chris Bigras Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Owen Sound Attack
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By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is about a month away. As we inch closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.
Here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack.
Age – 18
Position – Defenseman
Height – 6′ 1″
Weight – 189
Draft Projection: 31-40th overall
OHL Team: Owen Sound Attack
2013 Regular Season Stats: 8 goals, 30 assists, 38 points, +35, 34PIM, 68 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 8PIM, 12 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Paul Martin
Upside – 7.5/10
Strengths – Chris Bigras is undoubtedly one of the more well rounded defenseman in this year’s class. He’s a very good two-way defenseman who takes pride in taking care of his own zone first. He’s always glued to his man and is rarely caught out of position. He uses an active stick to poke the puck away from oncoming forwards and uses his body at times, too. Bigras is a very smart player and plays within his limitations. He knows what he can do on the ice and doesn’t try anything too fancy. Bigras doesn’t jump into the rush too often but when he does he rarely gets caught because of his skating ability and his ability to read and react quickly. Bigras’ best asset is his defensive play, but he does possess some offensive upside. He’s a very efficient puck mover as he scans for a target and gets the puck off his stick quickly. His outlet passes are very strong for the most part and he can rush the puck when he wants to, as well. The good thing about Bigras’ game is that if he’s not producing offensively, you don’t really notice him. That’s a good thing to see in a defense first defenseman.
Weaknesses – I think Bigras needs to bulk up and become a little more physical. He will use his body at times, but I’d like to see him use it more as he fills out. His shot is very mediocre and I’m not sure how much offense will translate to the next level.
Career Projection – Bigras is a rock defensively, can skate and makes a good outlet pass so he has all the tools needed to have success at the next level. I’m not sure how much of a power play guy he’ll be, but he has potential to be a top-4 defenseman who is capable of logging big minutes each night.
2013 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:
Sean Monahan – Ottawa 67′s
Max Domi – London Knights
Bo Horvat – London Knights
Ryan Hartman – Plymouth Whalers
Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm
Kerby Rychel – Windsor Spitfires
Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds
Nikita Zadorov – London Knights
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