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

Pens bright side are the youngsters

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With a mere 32 games left in the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-25-4) find themselves struggling to hang on to a playoff spot. The bright side rests with the Penguins of tomorrow.

The “Jr. Pens” left winger Robert Dome has found his scoring touch again. He had 4 goals in three games, then 2 assists in a 5-3 loss against Hartford. Another bright spot on the “Jr. Pens” roster is Alexei Kolkunov, who has four goals in his last five games after a 14-game drought. Then there is rookie defenseman Andrew Ference who has 2 goals and 6 assists in a span of 9 games.

The brightest spot in the organization however, is not a “Jr. Pen,” he is a “Raider.” Besides putting on a brilliant show on the world stage in Sweden, Milan Kraft has 44 points (18-26) in 34 games with the Prince Albert Raiders (WHL).

Perhaps the best thing the Penguins can do right now is hold on to the hope of the future. If they cannot find heroes, and cannot find defenseman who truly can play a European style game, making necessary passes to those in motion, then stick to tomorrow. Try to imagine the havoc Kraft and Jagr will create playing side by side. It may take another year for this to happen, but it is a realistic goal and one to keep the Penguins optimistic.
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Kings: College Prospects and Various Notes

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Kings’ Norris Winning Defenseman Rob Blake has emerged as one of the top players in the NHL ever since he came to the club. Blake as able to step in and contribute right away because he had played and excelled on the collegiate level and his experience paid immediate dividends. The Kings have a few players in the college ranks right now that may give the Kings a boost down the line. Here is a quick rundown:

The most intriguing college prospect is Noah Clarke. The Kings made the diminutive Clarke their ninth round draft pick in 1999. Noah currently plays for Colorado College of the WCHA. Clarke is the highest scoring college prospect for the Kings with 20 points in 23 games (9 goals and 11 assists). Despite being a freshman, Clarke is third on his team in scoring. The reason I am personally pulling for Clarke is that he is a California native, hailing from LaVerne and attending Claremont High School. Clarke is small in stature- he is 5’9: and 175 pounds but has shown some promise. If Jason Blake can play on the NHL level then there is hope for Clarke.
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Penguins Report – Stats and News from the Penguins

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Top 10 – Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
GP G A PTS
Jaromir Jagr 42 34 40 74
Alexei Kovalev 43 15 21 36
Robert Lang 41 13 21 34
German Titov 43 12 20 32
Martin Straka 33 6 23 29
Jan Hrdina 31 8 13 21
Jiri Slegr 35 5 14 19
Kip Miller 39 4 15 19
Alexei Morozov 35 6 11 17
Michal Rozsival 43 3 11 14

Top 15 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
GP G A PTS
John Slaney 30 15 17 32
Greg Crozier 36 13 13 26
Valentin Morozov 35 10 15 25
Tom Kostopoulos 37 13 11 24
Martin Sonnenberg 30 9 13 22
Dennis Bonvie 29 2 20 22
Sven Butenschon 38 9 11 20
Tyler Wright 25 5 15 20
Boris Protsenko 32 7 10 17
Pavel Skrbek 35 6 10 16
Alexei Kolkunov 38 5 11 16
Robert Dome 19 2 12 14
Casey Harris 40 5 2 7
Andrew Ference 5 2 4 6
Josef Melichar 41 2 4 6

Top 10 – Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
GP G A PTS
Curtis Wilgosh 37 16 15 31
Derek Smith 36 11 16 27
Vladimir Gratchev 27 9 13 22
Rob Millar 26 5 14 19
Shannon Basaraba 24 7 10 17
Jon Sorg 37 5 13 18
Kevin Paden 32 8 9 17
Rob Sinclair 17 3 8 11
Jeff Burgoyne 28 6 8 14
Dimitri Sergeev 26 4 11 15
Team Stats:
GP W L T PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 43 18 22 3 44
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Star Gazing – A Mid-Term Look

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BRIGHT SPOTS
Roman Lyashenko-C
Has really been solid in his pro debut. Examples can be seen in his play away from the puck, his vision with the puck, and his ability to take a hit to make a play. Look for Roman to remain in Dallas the whole year, despite being 20 years old, and look for him to be no less than a third line center during his stay.
Brenden Morrow-LW
Has shown the ability to play a power game while maintaining a solid skill level. Brenden is an excellent body-checker, drives the net, and has good adeptness with the puck. Further more, he has shown a tendency to go to the backhand when passing to an open man, and he has been rather successful in doing so. Further more, Brenden has found what looks to be a permanent spot on the second line, with the result being a surprising chemistry on that line. In all, his play has pushed Jon Sim out of the picture for now, while virtually assuring himself a long- term future on the second line.

John Erskine-D
While John’s skating is still rather poor, his overall skill level has improved quite a bit. As a result, even though critics abound (including myself), all must take notice of this fact. This fact presents itself in the form of increased discipline, improved puck control, and large amounts of ice time. Given these facts, one must admit that this progress does lend itself to some feelings of optimism for a future in the NHL.

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Reasoner gets the call; But how long will the Blues stay on the line?

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After an impressive first half in Worcester, Marty Reasoner will get a chance to stick with the Blues. With the injury to Jochen Hecht (out 2-4 weeks with an ankle sprain) and the loss of Terry Yake to Washington on waivers, the Blues needed to add some skill to the lineup. Reasoner, fresh off his 1g., 1a. performance in the AHL all-star game, must make a consistent impact to prove he belongs. There have been rumors that Reasoner could be part of a deal that would bring immediate help to the blue note. However, this is not a showcase for other teams.

Marty has put up respectable numbers for Worcester this year. He leads the team with 20g. and 27a., good for 47 points in 38 games. The only problem Joel Quenneville will have is where to play him. The Blues are deep at center with Pierre Turgeon, Michal Handzus, Craig Conroy, and Mike Eastwood. Conroy could move to wing, as could Eastwood. Although Conroy is more effective at center than wing, a Reasoner- Conroy-Pellerin line may produce more offense from the third line. If Eastwood were to move to wing on the third line with Conroy and Pellerin, then Reasoner could center Nash and Mayers forming a fourth line with speed and skill. In any case Marty will definitely get playing time, probably playing on the second powerplay unit as well.
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