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Avalanche sign 2020 first round pick Justin Barron to Entry-Level Contract

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Barron is a right-handed two-way defenseman

Halifax Mooseheads v Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche have signed top defensive prospect Justin Barron to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday morning. Barron was the teams 25th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Barron, 19, captained the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season, recording 31 points, (8G/23A) in 33 games. Prior to this past season, Barron appeared alongside notable Avalanche top prospect Alex Newhook in the 2021 World Junior Championship for Team Canada, where he helped the team bring home a silver medal, nothing two assists in seven contests.

Barron slipped down draft boards due to a battle with a blood clot in his draft year, but that didn’t stop General Manager Joe Sakic from digging into the Nova Scotian well once more, where the Avalanche have found a lot of success in breeding Nova Scotian born players, with that list including Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Graves, and Shane Bowers. Other players in the organization from Nova Scotia include Liam O’Brien, and prospect Matt Stienburg.

Barron will report to the Colorado Eagles, where he will officially start his professional hockey career.