While some players take the fast lane right to the NHL, others undergo a more drawn out route. Florida Panthers‘ Aleksander Barkov and Calgary Flames‘ Sean Monahan scored their first goals as 18-year-olds, while other players like Bobby Robins are still longing for the opportunity to break into the league.
Robins currently plays for the Providence Bruins in the AHL, and the Peshtigo, Wis. native has spent his entire professional career in the minors. With Shawn Thornton‘s departure with the Boston Bruins, the 32-year-old may finally have his opportunity. Robins has been with the P-Bruins since 2011 and is ready to make the leap to the real league.
Besides protecting his teammates, Robins has developed into great mentor. He puts the team first, does his job and will not shy away from anyone. He has taken on the role of an enforcer in Providence, and he hopes that can translate over to Boston.
Although GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to replace Thornton with a fourth-liner who has more speed and quickness, the B’s are still going to need players who can protect their top guns. Robins does have offensive potential and his work ethic makes him a top candidate for the open spot.
Robins’ offseason preparation is comparable to any NHL routine, and he has stated that he plans to improve his speed and lateral movement to help him become a better overall player. The jump from the AHL to the NHL is a big one, but Robins does have one thing that most rookies do not, and that is a lot of experience.