Justin Barron has been among the NHL's elite since his return to Montreal and here's why
BY MARCO MARCH 26, 2023 (2:33 PM)
Currently in the big club, there are three young players who seem to have taken advantage of this opportunity with the team, while they had started the year in Laval. I'm talking about forwards Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Jesse Ylonen, as well as defenseman Justin Barron.
In the case of the 21 year old, there is an absolutely sensational statistic that proves how much of a gem he is to polish in the Tricolore's defensive brigade.
Since his first point of the season on January 17, #52 currently ranks third in points per 60 minutes played among defensemen. That's an amazing performance considering he's only surpassed by two star defensemen, Dougie Hamilton and Erik Karlsson.
In other words, this stat proves that Barron is very effective offensively, if not among the NHL's elite, for the limited amount of playing time he gets each game.
In fact, he ranks even higher in points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, second among the league's defensemen in that regard, as of the same date.
His progression is meteoric and there is a lot to be impressed by in his development. Barron has a lot of potential and he is definitely a key element for the future of the Canadiens' blue line.