Chris Collins

Hometown:

Fairport New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-06-08

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-8

Acquired:

Free agent, 2006

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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 Analysis
During 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.

Future
Collins should spend the the 2007-08 season in Providence

Tanguay and Skoula both making an impact

by Billy Gilliam
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The Colorado Avalanche have eight starters out with injuries including Peter
Forsberg, Chris Drury, Adam Deadmarsh, Adam Foote, and Stephane Yelle.
Colorado still has the best record in the NHL mainly because of the emergence
of two young guns. Alex Tanguay and Martin Skoula. Both have made large
strides in their development from last year. Both have been counted on to
play on the top 2 forward and defensive lines for the Avs, and they have
looked stellar, not out of place like most 21 year olds would.

First lets take a look at the progression of Alex Tanguay. Ever since
Colorado took Tanguay with the 12th pick in the ’98 draft, they knew they had
a kid with star potential. They may have even more than that, as Tanguay is
dominating out on the ice with a vast array of plays such as perfect tape to
tape backhand saucer passes, blistering slapshots, and serious moves one on
one. Last season as a 20 year old, Alex put up very respectable numbers with
51 points and led the team in shooting percentage (23.0), and was also second
in rookie scoring to Scott Gomez. This season, Tanguay has 25 points in 23
games including an NHL best 11 game point streak. One reason for his success
is his improved skating. Last year, he didn’t have that breakaway speed that
is necessary in the NHL today. Now, his skating is much more fluid, and he
can really fly. Another reason Alex is on the verge of superstardom is his
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Avs Junior and College Prospects Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Name            Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jared Aulin   Kamloops    WHL     25  15  26  41   27   2

Notes: Aulin has been lighting it up this year with Kamloops. Impressed a lot
at training camp this year. Is a darkhorse to make the team next season.


Name                    Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jordan Krestanovich    Calgary    WHL     24  16  19  35   10  23

Notes: Doesn’t get a lot of attention with the Hitmen as he is overshadowed
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Krestanovich’s talents to go unnoticeable.


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Kurt Sauer     Spokane    WHL     23   1   4   5   33  12

Notes: A solid defensive defenseman, Sauer does not have much of an offensive
upside, but don’t boot him off the radar because of that.


Name              Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Agris Saviels  Owen Sound    OHL    24   2  11  13   10  -2

Notes: A steady two-way defenseman, Agris hasn’t been putting up the
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Name                    Team     League    GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Branko Radivojevic   Belleville    OHL     22  10  24  34   19   19

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Expect him to be a good NHLer in the near future.


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by Jason Shaner
on
The Waterloo Black Hawks, members of the United States Hockey League
have reached the Thanksgiving Break. So far the Hawks are 10-7 and are
in 2nd place in the Eastern Division with 20 points. The Hawks are 6th
in the league overall. So far this season has had its roller coaster
rides with Waterloo playing masterfully at times and at others times
their inability to stay focused for 60 minutes has hurt them. There has
been plenty of competition in net and the offense as advertised has been
producing. The area of concern is still the defense where the Hawks
have had some breakdowns that have ended up costing them goals and
sometimes games.

On the offensive side the three Black Hawks who are in their 3rd year
have produced as expected. Luke Fulghum (Denver University) has
displayed the ability to take control of a game when he wants to. So
far Luke has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points. Brian Canady (North
Dakota) has also produced. Brian has been like a field General for the
team. Brian has 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points. Canady has thrown
his body all over the ice doing anything he can to help the team out.
John Grubb has also been playing well in his 3rd and final year. John
is a grinder for the Black Hawks and does more than just score. Grubb
has 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points. The other returning Hawks
veterans have played well including Craig Falite who earned offensive
player of the week honors recently in the league.

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by Brandon LeBourveau
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With injuries to Vladamir Malakhov and Eric Lacroix, the Rangers continued to make some more changes with their lineup. They have sent defenseman Tomas Kloucek back down to Hartford. This was a move that was made so Kloucek could get some ice time in Hartford instead of sitting in the press box as a 7th defenseman. It appears now that Bert Robertsson will be the press box occupier and will be the 7th defenseman.

Jason Doig, the gritty defender who started the season with the Rangers and then was sent back down to Hartford because he was making too many mental errors on the ice, is likely done for the season as he had surgery on Friday to repair a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee. This shortens the Rangers defensive depth, and some newspapers are saying the Rangers are shopping around for some defensive help, as Doig is now done for the year and possibly Malakhov as well.

Now for the top story, Manny Malhotra has been recalled by the Rangers and will play tonight against the Ottawa Senators! Yipeee! I’ve been waiting for this kid to get called up all season long. He was the second best forward in camp (Behind the almighty Michael York) and deserved to be on this team more than most of the other players. Malhotra has been learning to play Left Wing in Hartford, but he was told by head coach Ron Low that he will play center tonight. Speculation has it that Malhotra will center a line with Adam Graves, who has been slumping badly, and Michal Grosek as his wingers. That should be a very entertaining line. All Read more»

Simon Gamache Nets a QMJHL Player of the Week Hat Trick

by pbadmin
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