2007-08: Sean Collins won the MJHL award for Sportsmanship and Hockey Ability, after a season in which he finished second in the league in scoring. Collins was used in all situations for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. He tied for the MJHL lead in shorthanded goals, and was second in the league in power-play goals. He was a second team MJHL All-Star, and won the MVP of the league’s All-Star game. Collins was among the most dominant players in the MJHL.
2008-09: Collins appeared in 33 games in his freshman season at Cornell, registering 3 goals and 3 assists for the Big Red.
2009-10: In his sophomore season at Cornell, Collins scored 7 goals and added 3 assists in 34 games. Cornell won the ECAC Tournament and appeared in the school’s second consecutive NCAA tournament.
2010-11: Collins scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was minus-9 with 20 PMs in his junior season at Cornell. He skated in all 34 games as the Big Red, normally a power in the ECAC Hockey League, struggled to stay above .500 and finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the league standings.
2011-12: Collins wore the “A” at Cornell during his senior season and scored career highs with 13 goals and as many assists. After his season ended, he headed to Springfield and showed a lot of promise with five points in eight games.
2012-13: Collins made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets on February 18th and played in five games for Columbus; spending most of his first pro season with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. Collins was minus-2 with no points and 6 penalty minutes, averaging 12:29 minutes of ice time for Columbus. In 64 AHL games he scored 11 goals with 20 assists and was plus-15 with 24 penalty minutes. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. In eight playoff games Collins was minus-5 with no points and 4 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Collins skated in six early season games for Columbus and was the second-leading scorer for the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate Springfield in his second pro season. He had 1 assist and was plus-1, averaging eight minutes of ice time, during his time with Columbus. Collins scored 16 goals with 25 assists and was plus-9 with 34 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games for Springfield. Five of his 16 goals were scored on the Falcons’ power play. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division before falling to Providence in a five-game first-round playoff series. Collins had 1 assist and was minus-3 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He signed a one-year two-way contract with the Blue Jackets in July 2014.
Collins has the size of a prototypical power forward but does not play an overly physical game. Rather, he is more of a cerebral player who is responsible in all areas of the game and has excellent instincts. A consistent scorer at the AHL level, he has been used in more of a lower line, defensive forward checking role in his brief NHL appearances to this point. His overall skill level and mobility may limit his potential in terms of playing at that level on a permanent basis.
Collins attended training camp with Columbus before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield to start the 2014-15 season. He appeared in two games with the Blue Jackets in a brief call-up at the end of October before being returned to Springfield and is among the scoring leaders for the Falcons. His understanding of the game and ability to play multiple roles make Collins valuable as an injury call-up or potential depth player. Whether he is talented enough to play a full-time role with an NHL club is uncertain.