A native of Carthage New York, Dan Collins has spent time with the US team and his OHL team all season long. Plymouth’s second round selection in 2003, Collins been a steady and consistent player for the Whalers in his OHL tenure. The winger scored 22 points in 59 games with the Whalers in 2003-04 and followed that up this past season with 46 points in 68 games, good for fourth in team scoring.
As a member of the US team, Collins helped his country to a gold medal in the Compuware 4-Nations Cup back in November. At the conclusion of Plymouth’s season Collins again put on a Team USA jersey and played in the U-18 World Junior Championships. Collins was the only OHL player on the victorious American squad and he totaled three points over the course of the tournament.
Collins improved his defensive play over the course of the season.
2005-06: Collins injured his back in late January, and missed significant time following his subsequent surgery. Despite appearing in only 44 games, however, Collins finished fourth on his team in scoring with 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists). Of his 26 goals on the season, 14 came on the powerplay, a team-high on the Whalers.
2006-07: Once again, Collins averaged more than a point per game with the Whalers. He finished out the season third on his team in scoring with 68 points (26 goals, 42 assists) and 87 penalty minutes in 66 games. He also attended Team USA’s evaluation camp for the 2006 World Junior Competition, but did not make the team.
2007-08: In his first game with the Rochester Americans, Collins scored three points. And those three points would account for more than a quarter of his season total. Collins AHL season ended in December when he was demoted to the ECHL. At that time, he had five goals and six assists for 11 points in 38 games in the AHL.
Collins has good athleticism, good strength. A reliable defensive forward, streaky offensively.
Collins begins his second professional season in 2008-09. He split his first between the AHL and ECHL.