In his rookie season at Northern Michigan University, he played in 36 games for the Wildcats posting seven points (one goal, six assists). Prior to coming to NMU, Collins played for the U. S. National Team Development Program during the 2002-03 season. He amassed 17 points (six goals, eleven assists) in 53 games played. Collins was a member of Team USA’s gold medal winning squad at World U-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at the Four Nations Tournament in Sweden both in 2002.
5th round, 163rd overall, 2004 Entry Draft by Tampa Bay
Collins agreed to an amateur tryout contract immediately following the end of his senior year, and finished the season with the Springfield Falcons.
Collins is a forward with excellent size who is difficult to play against. He uses his large frame and strength very well to his advantage, particularly in one-on-one situations. For a man his size, Collins skates remarkably well with big, powerful strides. He can also maneuver well in traffic. He plays with a good deal of aggressiveness. He is not afraid of the physical side of the game and can both give and take the hits. He has shown a willingness to drive to the net and plays well around it. He also utilizes his large frame quite well in protecting the puck. He is excellent in his play along the boards and in the corners. Collins has demonstrated defensive responsibility and can follow plays quite well. He has a long reach with fairly good passing skills. He also possesses a good heavy shot.