Colby Robak
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Colby Robak

Hometown:

Gilbert Plains Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-04-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (46th overall), 2008

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Colby Robak played in 39 games as a rookie in the WHL with Brandon. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -1 with 12 penalty minutes. Robak appeared in one game in the WHL playoffs.

2007-08: Robak scored six goals and 24 assists in 71 games in his second season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Robak was selected for the CHL Top Prospects Game in Edmonton. Played in all six games of the Wheat Kings first round loss to Lethbridge and was -2 with 2 assists and 8 PIM.

2008-09: Robak displayed an offensive side of his game to go along with his solid defensive play in his third season with Brandon. In 65 regular season games, Robak scored 13 goals (eight on the power play), with 29 assists and was +30 with 41 PIM. In the playoffs, Robak scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +12 with 4 PIM in 12 games as the Wheat Kings reached the Eastern Conference finals.

2009-10: Robak was one of the top two-way defenseman in the WHL in his fourth year with Brandon. He scored 16 goals with 50 points and was a team-best +56 in 71 games for the Wheat Kings with 9 PIM. Seven of his goals came on the power play. Robak scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was +1 with 2 PIM in 15 games as the Wheat Kings reached the Eastern Conference finals but once again were beaten by Calgary. He was named to the WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star team.

2010-11: Robak showed flashes of potential and the inconsistency that sometimes occurs when a 20-year-old plays his first pro season in the AHL. In 76 games for Rochester, he scored 7 goals with 17 assists and was -12 with 22 PMs. Robak had two assists and was +3 in his first pro game against the Toronto Marlies but then alternated between plus and minus games most of the year. He finished the season playing his best hockey; he was an even or positive plus/minus in seven of the last-place Americans' last nine games.

2011-12: Robak made his NHL debut, appearing in three games with the Panthers in February, and played a team-high 73 games for Florida's AHL affiliate San Antonio in his second pro season. He was plus one with no points or penalties; averaging 12:34 minutes of ice time with Florida. Robak scored 9 goals with 30 assists and was plus-15 with 30 penalty minutes for San Antonio. The Rampage finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Robak scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-seven in eight playoff games.

2012-13: Robak saw his most extensive NHL action to-date, appearing in 16 games with the Panthers in his third pro season. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 17 penalty minutes; averaging 15:10 minutes of ice time per game with the Panthers. Robak played 63 AHL games with Florida affiliate San Antonio. He scored 5 goals with 18 assists with the Rampage and was -23 with 50 penalty minutes. San Antonio missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the South Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Robak is an above-average skater and a big, physical presence. He has a hard, heavy shot, and is an able puck-moving defenseman. He makes strong passes, both out of his own zone and in transition, and is able to read and react intelligently to dictate the flow of play when on the attack. He plays a poised, fluid game at both ends of the ice, and has above average hockey sense. Robak is also deceptively quick with good straight-line speed that allows him to win puck races and chase down opposing forwards.

 

Future

After playing several games in the NHL last year, Robak looks primed to make a bid for a full-time NHL roster spot this fall. Once there, he has the tools to become a solid second-pairing, two-way defenseman who could also contribute to the powerplay.

 

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