The Colorado Avalanche selected Chris Bigras with its second-round selection (No. 32 overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound defenseman was the No. No. 14 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting and was rated as the fastest skater by the scouting service. He also had eight goals and 30 assists for 38 points for the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League last season. Get to know Bigras better in this ColoradoAvalanche.com interview.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the offseason?
A: Definitely in the summer time I enjoy golfing.
Q: What is your biggest goal going into training camp?
A: I am just trying to exceed expectations and try to get my game to progress the best that I can.
Q: What do you think will be the hardest part about adjusting to your new lifestyle once you get to professional hockey?
A: You said it right there, probably just the lifestyle. Just with more plane travel and the mental side of it. I think that will be harder.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: I enjoy watching Prison Break.
Q: What’s your favorite hockey stick?
A: Probably the CCM RBZ right now.
Q: What would you tell young kids who have the dream of playing professional hockey?
A: Just keep working at it. Keep trying to climb the pyramid.
NHL player: Erik Karlsson
Hockey idol: Bobby Orr
Shootout move: “The Forsberg”
Goal celebration: “Fist bump”
Video game: NHL
Movies: Miracle, Anchorman, Iron Man
Music genre: Country
What They Say About Bigras
Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey:
"He is a player that plays a two-way game. Best compliment that I can give him and the best compliment to the defenseman as a whole is that we believe that he makes the right play. Under pressure in his own zone, he is not a player that panics. He has offense in terms of picking his spots and providing a second layer coming up the ice. He is a player that is instinctively in all three zones, he knows how to play the game. Hockey sense to us is his greatest asset. We are very excited to have – what we believe – his first-round depth at the second-round position."
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards:
“Chris will never bring you out of your seat with fancy goals, but he doesn't make many mistakes either and keeps it simple. He moves the puck well and every time he gets it, he makes a good play or outlet pass and gets it up the ice. He has that ability to skate the puck up ice and create offensive chances.”
International Scouting Services:
"You can truly see where Bigras excels when in defensive situations and anchoring the PK. Has continually developing defensive tools and excellent mobility to maximize coverage in his own zone. Possesses veteran-like composure on the puck and makes a crisp, accurate first pass to exit the zone."