Dennis Robertson
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Dennis Robertson

Hometown:

Fort St. John British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

TRADE WITH TORONTO, 2013

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Dennis Robertson scored 1 goal with 12 assists while accumulating 68 PMs in 59 games (including playoffs) for the BCHL’s Langley Chiefs.

2009-10: Robertson scored 9 goals with 25 assists in 53 games in his second season with Langley. In 10 BCHL playoff games, he had 2 goals and 2 assists with both scores coming on the power play. Robertson committed to playing college hockey at Brown University in 2010-11.

2010-11: Robertson was named to the ECACHL’s All-Rookie team after scoring 6 goals with 11 assists in 30 games for Brown. Robertson was especially effective on the power play with five of his six goals coming on the man advantage (he also had 6 assists on the power play). Robertson was selected by the Maple Leafs in the 6th round (173rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Robertson was the leader amongst Brown University defensemen in both points and penalty minutes in his sophomore season. He scored 2 goals and had 14 assists, one less than senior forward Jack MacLellan (NSH), the Bears’ leading scorer. Robertson had 72 penalty minutes in 32 games and was minus-17 on a team that was 9-18-3 and finished last in the 12-team ECAC Hockey League.

2012-13: Robertson was tied for fourth in points amongst all Brown skaters, leading the team’s defensemen with 20 points in his junior season. He scored 3 goals and shared the assists lead with forward Mark Naclerio with 17, finishing plus-9 with a team-high 69 penalty minutes in 36 games. Brown finished tied for seventh in ECAC Hockey in the regular season. The Bears won 4 of 5 ECAC tournament games to reach the league championship game, defeating regular season champion Quinnipiac, 4-0, in the semifinals before falling 3-1 to Union. Robertson was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament team.

2013-14: Robertson made his pro hockey debut with Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte after signing with the Hurricanes following his senior season at Brown. He was the co-winner of the ECAC Hockey league’s defensive defenseman of the year award along with Union’s Shayne Gostibehere (PHI). He had no points nor penalties in his only game with the Checkers, who missed the AHL playoffs. Robertson scored 6 goals with 11 assists and was plus-11 with 78 penalty minutes in 30 games for Brown. The  Bears finished ninth in ECAC Hockey and were swept by St. Lawrence in a best-of-three preliminary series in the conference tournament. Carolina, which obtained the rights to Robertson from Toronto in January as part of the Tim Gleason trade, signed him to a two-year entry-level contract in March 2014. 

Talent Analysis

The go-to defenseman at Brown during his college career Robertson logged heavy minutes in all situations. He has a big, hard shot, which makes him a threat offensively, particularly on the power play and is sound in his own end of the ice. He’s beginning to add more snarl to his game which is making him a more valuable defenseman.

Future

Robertson attended his first NHL training camp and competed for the Hurricanes in the pre-season before being assigned to AHL affiliate Charlotte to start the 2014-15 season. Part of a crowded defense group with the Checkers and a frequent healthy scratch to start the year, he has contributed on the offensive scoresheet when he's been able to break into the lineup but he must continue to develop his foot speed, agility, and positional skills if he is to play on a regular basis. If he can continue to develop he may compete for a lower pairing role for Carolina in the future. He is still a work in progress as far as being an NHL prospect at this point.

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