2008-09: Buddy Robinson played high school hockey for Gloucester Catholic in New Jersey and skated for the Hollydell Hurricanes U18 AA team. He was a teammate of Calgary prospect Johnny Gaudreau and both teams were coached by Gaudreau’s father, Guy Gaudreau.
2009-10: Robinson moved to Ontario to skate for the Hamilton Red Wings in the CCHL junior A league. He scored 11 goals with 12 assists and had 62 penalty minutes in 49 games. In ten playoff games he had 1 assist with 8 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Robinson began the year with the Hamilton Red Wings before skating for the Tier 1 Nepean Raiders. In 19 regular season games with the Raiders he scored 5 goals with 19 assists and had 20 penalty minutes. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. Robinson played 32 games with the Red Wings and scored 15 goals with 23 assists and 39 penalty minutes. He committed to playing college hockey at Lake Superior State in 2011-12.
2011-12: Robinson played in 39 of 40 games for Lake Superior State as a freshman. He scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +1 with 37 penalty minutes. Lake Superior State finished seventh in the CCHA and swept Alaska in a first round series before falling to Western Michigan in the CCHA quarterfinals.
2012-13: Robinson signed a three-year entry level contract with Ottawa as a free agent in March of 2013 following his sophomore season at Lake Superior State and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes in six regular season AHL games. The Senators were second in the East Division and had the league’s fourth-best record before being swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round series. Robinson played in two of three playoff games with no points nor penalty minutes. He played 38 games for the Lakers in his final college season, scoring 8 goals with 8 assists, and was -10 with 48 penalty minutes. Lake Superior State finished eighth in the CCHA’s final season and lost to Bowling Green in a first round series after shutting out the Falcons in the series’ first game.
2013-14: Robinson skated for Senators ‘ AHL affiliate Binghamton and played one game with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals in his first pro season. Steadily earning more ice time under coach Luke Richardson, he scored 15 goals with 16 assists and was +23 with 49 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games. The Senators lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first-round playoff series after finishing first in the East Division in the regular season. Robinson was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was -1 with no points nor penalties in one ECHL game with Elmira.
2014-15: Robinson played in 75 of 76 games for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in his second pro season. He scored 12 goals with 22 assists and was +12 with 69 penalty minutes. The Senators missed the AHL playoffs, finishing third in the East Division.
The 6-foot-5 Robinson is a big body in front of the net and a punishing presence along the boards. He could develop into a bottom-six power forward. In Binghamton, he is frequently trusted with big minutes, and is always one of the hardest workers on the ice.
When Chris Neil’s contract expires in the summer of 2016, Robinson could be the name pencilled in to replace him. For now, he will continue to plug away in Binghamton.