Collins registered eight assists playing for the U.S. Under-18 Team that played in a four-team tournament in Germany in 2001. He was the second-leading scorer for the 2000 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that won the gold medal at the Four Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. He scored two goals and two assists for four points.
2001-02: Collins played with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. He played in 60 games, recording 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists). He led the Buccaneers in scoring, and won the USHL rookie scoring title.
2002-03: During his freshman year at BC he played in all 39 games, and led all BC Freshman in scoring with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists). Was named to the 2002-03 Hockey East All-Rookie Team. In Hockey East action he scored 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).
2003-04: As a sophomore, Collins played in 41 games, scoring 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists). Played in 24 Hockey East games, scoring 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). Finished the year with a +/- of +11, and a +/- of +12 in Hockey East games.
2004-05: As a junior, Collins played in 40 games, scoring 17 points (nine goals, eight assists). He played in 24 Hockey East contests, scoring nine points (three goals, six assists). He was a +/- of +7.
2005-06: Collins enjoyed a brilliant senior season. He led the Eagles in goals (30), assists (27), points (57), shots (174), shooting percentage (.172), and short-handed goals (5). He led the nation in points per game with 1.58. His 30 goals were the third most nationally. He was named as one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, the award for College Hockey’s best player.
2006-07: Collins had some conditioning issues when he arrived at training camp and was slow to acclimate to the pro game. He got very little ice time while in Providence, and as a result, he was reassigned to Long Beach where he could get more ice time and experience. Collins finished out his rookie season with 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 51 games.
Talent AnalysisDuring his final year at Boston College, Collins became one of the most electrifying players to watch. His excellent sense of anticipation and blazing speed made him not only difficult to contain but dangerous in all situations. What Collins lacks in size (height-wise), he more than makes up for with his hard work, tremendously competitive nature and creativity with the puck. He is very smart and possesses outstanding on-ice vision. He has great awareness in being able to spot and get pucks to his teammates on the ice. Collins also does a great job of finding and using to his advantage open spaces on the ice. One area where Collins really excels is in short-handed situations. He is very sound defensively and can often capitalize on the opposition’s turnovers. Collins also is a great leader who leads by example.
DJ Powers contributed this section to the profile.