The Colorado Avalanche go back to the well on this one, selecting Justin Barron 25th overall in the 2020 NHL from the Halifax Mooseheads. This is a pretty surprising pick to me as both the Avalanche and AHL Eagles play in Colorado, obviously, and Justin Barron has had some blood clot problems. This 6’2″ 190 pound d-man will look great in the burgundy and blue for the Avs in a few years.
I wrote about Justin as a possible player for the Flyers to pick, and this is the third time in four years where the Avalanche use a first round pick on a defensemen.
Justin has played most of his young career in Halifax, playing for Halifax ACCEL Hawks Major Bantam, where he was a captain in his final year. He’s played three season for the Mooseheads now for three seasons, with a COVID shortened season. In 153 games he put up 15 goals and 52 assists for 81 points. I don’t think these are low, he was out with injury a lot last year. He also put up 2 goals and 11 assists in 23 playoff games in 2019. He has only played one game for the Mooseheads this season, and I do not see him making the NHL roster this season.
He will be great behind both Cale Makar and Bowen Byram. The blood clots worry me, but it doesn’t appear that the Avalanche are worried about it at altitude. Time will tell. I love this pick, and cannot wait to see what he does in a few years.
The Avalanche are creating an absolutely absurd D core in Mile High.