Justin Barron will make his long-awaited debut in a Montreal Canadiens uniform tonight, as the Canadiens announced he will be in the lineup against the New Jersey Devils.
The 20-year-old will likely be lining up next to veteran Joel Edmundson to start, as Edmundson plays a very safe and calm game that compliments Barron’s style on the ice. Barron will need to be eased into the lineup, and head coach Martin St. Louis will do his best to put his young rearguard in the best possible position to succeed.
Barron was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in a Trade Deadline move which saw long-time veteran Artturi Lehkonen shipped to the Avalanche in exchange for the young defenceman and a 2024 2nd round pick. Barron, being a right-handed shooting defenceman filled a major need for the Montreal Canadiens, as they lacked players of his ilk in their prospect pool and on their pro-level roster. The former 25th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft is one of the Canadiens’ most promising prospects and will likely be afforded every possibility to grow until the end of this season.
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Barron has been practicing with the Canadiens for the last week, getting acclimated to his new environment with the Montreal Canadiens. Barron had suited up in just two NHL games before tonight, both with the Colorado Avalanche earlier this season. He has yet to record a point at the NHL level, but did put up 20 points in 43 games for the Colorado Eagles in the AHL this season.
Barron has already won over the fan base with his ability to move the puck and his surprisingly good level of French. Barron showed off the later last week when meeting the media for the first time, a gesture that was greatly appreciated by members of the media and fans alike.
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