Big trade made between the Habs and Avalanche last year: we see a turnaround by Justin Barron

Published February 19, 2023 at 7:39 PM

While many are rightly talking about the NHL debuts of rookie defensemen Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris and Arber Xhekaj, few are talking about young Justin Barron. The latter has been doing very well lately and deserves a little more attention.

Barron had a very bad training camp and was demoted to Laval. He took advantage of his time with Jean-François Houle's team to regain his confidence and finally earned a recall on December 27th. He had previously accumulated 16 points in 25 games with Laval.

Since his return to the big club, number 52 has never ceased to amaze with his consistency and offensive skills. He has played in all of the CH's games since his recall, averaging over 16 minutes per game, and has 6 points in 19 appearances. We remember that he earned first star honors in the January 17th game with a nice two point performance.

On Saturday night, despite the CH's 5-2 loss, Barron also impressed The Athletic's Scott Wheeler. Wheeler said the youngster, who often flies under the radar, could be a great 4th or 5th defenseman in the league.

"Really impressed with Justin Barron tonight. I know he got caught up in the numbers game with all the rookie D in Montreal this year, but he's going to be a solid #4-5."

These performances will certainly make people swallow their words that Kent Hughes lost the Artturi Lehkonen trade. It is true that Lehky is doing very well with the Colorado Avalanche, but we should not conclude too quickly that the CH is losing. Barron seems to be showing us that little by little since the beginning of the season.

"People were already writing off the Barron trade as an L for the Canadiens earlier this year, but as you can see, it often takes a while before you can look back on a trade.

Barron will be solid for us for many years."

A little bonus for you, Barron's performance in the CH skills competition this Sunday. He managed to hit all 4 targets in 4 throws and that was in just 9.603 seconds. Only Rafaël Harvey-Pinard managed to beat him!

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Big trade made between the Habs and Avalanche last year: we see a turnaround by Justin Barron

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