The Colorado Avalanche have been talking up Chris Bigras since they took the defender in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Head coach Patrick Roy was abundant with his praise of Bigras during both rookie and training camps this past week.
Colorado announced on Tuesday that they signed Bigras to a three-year entry level contract.
Signing the deal does not guarantee Bigras will play for the Colorado Avalanche this season. Bigras can still be reassigned to Owen Sound (OHL). If Bigras makes the opening night roster in Colorado, he can play in nine NHL games before the Avalanche would need to make a decision regarding his immediate future.
They can keep him up past the nine game window and then his contract would kick in once his plays in his 10th NHL game. The Avs could also decide to send him down before he suits up for his 10th game allowing his contract to slide to the 2014-15 season.
The Avs could still decide to send Bigras down even after he plays 10 NHL games, but they would have burned the first year of his contract.
No matter what happens with Bigras, he has certainly created a lot of excitement.