Weight: 190 pounds
Date of birth: August 17, 1998 Belfountain, ON
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 1, 3rd overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Travis Barron played his Minor Midget hockey for the Toronto Jr Canadiens during the 2013/2014 season where he had good offensive production with 23 goals and 18 assists in 30 games en route to winning a Kraft Cup Championship.
In 7 OHL Cup games, Barron would score 2 goals and add 5 assists and captured a silver medal with his teammates. He was also a part of Team GTHL Red at the OHL Gold Cup contributing 5 goals and an assist in 4 games. The Ottawa 67’s would make him the third overall pick in the 2014 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection that April.
The following season, Barron would make the 67’s roster out of camp and play in 64 games. He notched 12 goals and 9 assists in those contests and added one goal and one assist in six playoff games. He also suited up for Canada White at the World hockey Challenge Under-17 and had a goal and an assist in 5 games.
While putting the puck in the back of the net hasn’t been an issue for Barron in the past, more was expected from him this season after a fine rookie season with the 67’s. He scored just 13 goals and added 24 assists in 60 games. More is expected from a former third overall pick.
But his game is more than just finding the back of the net.
First and foremost, Barron is tenacious on the forecheck. He continuously is looking to finish his checks – usually hard – and is very good at retrieving pucks and causing turnovers. He plays the game with a very high level of energy. He’s not afraid of the physical play and even last season showed a willingness to go after bigger, stronger and older players with his physicality.
Barron does posses a very good shot, solid and hard. But a lack of confidence is showing in his offensive game as at times he seems hesitant with the puck on his stick. He is sound defensively and plays a full 200 foot game. He also possesses excellent leadership qualities.
Barron’s lack of finish has been somewhat of a concern and if it can’t translate at the OHL level, it’s hard to imagine it could translate at the NHL level. He’ll need a strong playoff performance for the 67’s. He may just top out as a physical energy player at the next level.
Barron’s bloodlines include former NHL’er Uncle Andrew Cassels and former Oshawa General cousin Cole Cassels.
Barron was ranked 60th on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings among North American skaters.