Justin Barron Prospect Scouting Report
2018-19 Team: Halifax Mooseheads (#20)
Date of Birth: November 15, 2001
Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ht: 6’2”/188cm Wt:192/87 lbs/kg
Projected Draft Position: #30
Justin Barron will battle this year with other promising young blueliners, Tyler Kleven and Jamie Poirier. All three should be mid to late first round picks after Jamie Drysdale who should be a top 5 pick. Justin Barron is a stay at home shutdown defenseman with offensive upside and great wheels. Justin was born and raised in Halifax and idolized the Mooseheads. When he was drafted by the Mooseheads he forego his plans to follow in his brothers footsteps and play prep hockey. His brother Morgan who plays center was drafted by the New York Rangers in 2017 in the sixth round, and remains unsigned.
Justin Barron was arguably the best defenseman in the QMJHL last season. Justin took on a larger role with the Mooseheads than expected. He was put on the ice in all situations because of an injury riddled blueline. Halifax Mooseheads head coach Eric Veilleux had this to say about Justin’s season.
“Still very young, you know? And he’s playing against top lines, has been all year,” Veilleux said. “We had many injuries and he was put in a spot where he had to do it all for us.”
Excellent Fluid Skater
Justin has incredible wheels for a big man, he literally blows by opponents when exiting the defensive zone. One of the best skaters in the draft in my opinion. He just glides like the wind so effortlessly. He walks the blueline on the PP with ease. He isn’t Bobby Orr but he is a treat to watch carry the puck out of his own zone with ease. One of the best end to end puck rushing defenseman in the 2020 NHL draft.
Justin is a very hard worker on the ice and it is evidenced in his exceptional board play and net front presence in the defensive zone. Barron hardly ever loses a board battle. He is very strong and uses his 192 pounds effectively protecting the puck. When he puts on more muscle he will be a force in the NHL as a top pairing defenseman. Justin also does an admirable job holding the puck in, in the offensive zone. He walks the blueline with confidence and uses his wrist shot to get the puck to the net. Justin is a very intelligent player.
Justin will have to improve his shot over the next season and work on his patience when passing the puck as his vision isn’t the best. He has a tendency to make mistakes as all young defenseman do. I would also like to see him improve his physicality, he needs to learn he has the size to take pucks away from offensive players in the defensive zone. Other than that, this kid has a bright future and whatever team selects him in the 2020 NHL Draft will be thrilled with his extensive skillset.