Were it not for a scary brush with blood clots, Justin Barron likely would have gone higher than 25th overall in the 2020 draft.
As it was, the Colorado Avalanche benefitted from his slide down the board and now the Montreal Canadiens hope to reap the rewards after acquiring Barron and a second-rounder from the Avs in exchange for veteran forward Artturi Lehkonen.
Barron is a solid two-way defender who played a shutdown role for Canada at the world juniors while also putting up nearly a point per game from the blueline in his final year of junior with the Halifax Mooseheads. This has been his first full pro season and the 20-year-old has comported himself well as a steady contributor to the AHL's Colorado Eagles, while also making his NHL debut with the Avs.
Given how stacked Colorado is on the blueline, it's fair to say Barron will get a better chance of making his mark in Montreal in the coming years and he has the size and versatility to do so on either the second or third pairing.