Some things have changed since the last time we watched San Jose Sharks Tristen Robbins Avenue in December 2020. Less than a month later, on December 30, Robbins signed the standard, entry level contract. The achievement was achieved thanks to a successful campaign in the 2019-20 season with the Saskatoon Blades, where Robbins achieved high career goals in goals (33), assists (40) and points (73), among others the best in his career.
Well, consider this general news old news, as last season it topped two of those records (45 assists, 78 points) and matched the record of 33 goals scored. in, whatever the circumstances. But that wasn’t exactly the task Robbins accomplished with ease.
After signing his ELC 2020-21 season Robbins was blown away by the MCL sprain he received in the game on April 11, 2021, playing in the then-bubble that hosted the WHL. It was a hit at a time when he averaged 21:38 on the ice, played in both special teams and scored nearly half the points per game with 23 points in 16 games before the injury.
Before joining Saskatoon in the shortened 2020-21 season, Robbins even got a chance to play a couple of games with San Jose Barracuda. There he met the organization, joining colleagues Brendan Coe and regular WHL rival Ozzy Wiesblatt. Wiesblatt plays for Prince Albert Raiders in the same division as Robin’s Blade. The two players are a significant part of the rivalry, in particular, Robbins scored 26 points in 28 career games against the Raiders.
Nine of those points were scored in the 2020-21 season in three games between Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Due to the shortened season as well as injuries, Robbins could no longer participate in any of these games, against Prince Albert or otherwise. To be able to win back in 2021-22 with the highest points in your career – after everything that seemed to be going right, suffered from an obstacle marked by injury – it must be the honor of a special player.
While this season, others seem to think the same about Robbins this season. In March, as the Blades prepared for the WHL playoffs, The Hockey Writers revised the Sharks 2020 draft class discuss which likely professional debuts excited them the most.
Victor Nuno wrote: “For me it is Robins. I think it’s at his highest [Thomas Bordeleau, Daniil Gushchin, Wiesblatt and Robins] … Robbins is a guy I see who really outperforms stronger talents. ”
You see flashes of it up here and there, and this season is no exception. Robbins kicked off the year, earning the WHL Player of the Month in October, scoring 21 points in 10 games and seven multi-player competitions to lead the league in results. On December 28, 2021, he posted a 5-point game against Red Deer Rebels on December 28, 2021, and then scored another 13 points in five games until January 22.
Robbins especially took over as Blades captain after Aidan De La Gorjandjer was taken out due to injury. Robbins was replaced by leader Blades at a critical juncture when he led the team to the WHL playoffs for his second post-season trip. Unfortunately, the Blades were eliminated by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the first round.
Robbins missed the Sharks 2021 development camp due to immigration problems, although he played in the first pre-season game for the Sharks, scoring a goal against Anaheim Ducks. Without a large sample size and limited climbing coverage of the underrated striker, it’s clear that between fighting injuries, inheriting hockey rivalries, taking the lead and finding new scoring summits: Robbins comes with more experience than typical prospects.
What we like
У Profile Elite Prospects Draft Guide, Robins is described as a player who “knows how to score a puck, handle a puck and keep a puck in the attack zone”, or in other words, he owns the holy trio of hockey with a cycling game. If you believe in hockey destiny (or just good amateur scouting), it may come as no surprise that some of Shark’s vicious attacks in recent years have emerged due to a lack of just that: a cyclical game.
This is part of the Shark’s resentment, which has long been forgotten with the departure of players like Joe Thornton and Joe Paulski. The figures confirm this. January 24, g.p. Written by Sheng Peng of NBC Sports California as, according to SPORTLOGiC, the “Sharks” were 22nd in the league in attempts to score from the forehead and 20th in the successful attempts to throw out of the cycle. This illustrates a striking weakness: extracting and keeping the puck in the attack zone was not good enough to create scoring chances.
Now we are in May, and looking back, things have improved a little, if at all. But part of that could come in the type of game that could lead Robbins, who is also credited with avoiding the perimeter, instead of mixing it up in puck fights despite his 5-foot 11 frame. With more sustainable prospects such as Robins, we can quickly see a renaissance in Shark identity.
Areas for improvement
One specific statistic that doesn’t necessarily impress in large numbers is penalty minutes (PIM). This season, Robbins is second in the team with 54 free minutes in 62 games. It makes sense, because Robbins plays the minutes of the first line, and it has already been noted his stubbornness when going to the fat zones – from time to time you should expect diligence.
But at the NHL level, exposure to ice and overzealousness is like walking a tightrope, and Robbins doesn’t want to give up on trends. What’s good in juniors will hurt you in the NHL. The latest study of this argument is Kevin Labank, who is naturally a more gifted player in attack, but in recent years has tried to work on and compensate for the lack of defensive play.
It was a struggle. Labanka’s season ended prematurely, but the 2020-21 season features 31 PIMs in 55 games, fifth among all Sharks skaters. As a result, the team that finished fourth on penalties that season was a waste of time.
Robbins isn’t particularly known to execute many penalties (2021-22 given the size and speed of NHL competitions. The truth is that it’s hard to see what made Robbins realize so many penalties this season. But, like most potential clients, who are starting their professional careers, criticism goes hand in hand with inquiries.So how could this be translated with Robbins playing for Barracuda?
There is a cornucopia when you try to cut off Robbins in what stands out from his game. How about this: three goals, three games with Robbins shooting from the left hashtags. These are the shades of Alexei Ovechkin, dare I say.
Until you give it up: accurate accuracy, one-time opportunity, clever reading of the play – if Robbins comes as advertised, he can at least give the game in the near future so much needed a different look.