Dennis Robertson
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Dennis Robertson


Fort St. John British Columbia

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Trade with Carolina Hurricanes, September 2015


215 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


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. 

2014-15: Robertson skated in 57 games for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his first pro season. He scored 3 goals with 14 assists and was +1 with 70 penalty minutes. The Checkers missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the West Division.

Talent Analysis

Robertson is a leader on the back end, and his hard shot makes him an asset that opponents have to consider. But Robertson’s bread and butter is being strong and reliable in his own zone. After spending much of the early parts of his first pro season in the press box, Robertson got a chance on the Charlotte Checkers blue line and found his niche, improving in all facets and even becoming a scoring threat (17 points in 57 games).


Robertson has now been traded twice — by both Carolina and Toronto — but there is always a place for strong, hard-working leaders in any organization. If Robertson continues to develop like he did in his first pro season, he could work his way up through Chicago’s thin prospect ranks.

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