“Chris is a young and talented prospect with a bright future,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We are excited to have him under contract and look forward to seeing him in the upcoming preseason games.”
Bigras was selected with the second pick (32nd overall) of the second round of the 2013. He played in the OHL last season with the Owen Sound Attack; leading the club’s defensemen with 38 points in 68 games. NHL Central Scouting ranked him the sixth best North American defenseman prior to the draft.
The signing comes on the heels of a training camp in which Bigras seemingly left a good impression on the coaching staff of the Avalanche.
"We're extremely impressed with him. I won't lie," said head coach Patrick Roy. "Every day, we're having meetings after practice and he's been the guy everybody's been overwhelmed with so far. We're extremely excited about him so far."
Bigras joins first overall selection Nathan MacKinnon as the two members of Colorado’s 2013 draft class to be inked to entry-level contracts this offseason. MacKinnon signed a three-year deal in July, with an annual cap hit of $3.775 million.
Bigras’ first taste of NHL action will come Wednesday; as the Avalanche take on the Anaheim Ducks in a preseason tilt. Once the regular season begins on Oct. 2, Bigras can play in up to nine games before a decision has to be made on whether or not to send him back to juniors (he will be ineligible to play in the AHL until he turns 20). After this time he can still be sent back to juniors, but his contract will no longer be eligible for an entry-level slide.