Another member of the San Jose Sharks’ promising 2020 draft class, Tristen Robins, proved to be a standout talent last season with his exceptional skating ability and hockey IQ. The 2020 second-round pick finished as the fourth-highest scorer on the San Jose Barracuda with 17 goals and 21 assists in 64 games. Robins additionally made his NHL debut in his hometown province of Manitoba, playing in three games for the Sharks.
Robins got off to a hot start last season with the Barracuda, with seven points in 10 games before cooling off. Despite going through hot and cold stretches, Robins’ competitive level was never in question. The next step for the forward will be finding additional consistency, especially if he wants to challenge for a spot in the Sharks’ roster this year.
Where does Robins fit?
Being one of the top prospects for the Sharks, Robins will have to demonstrate his ability to anchor the Barracuda’s first line, competing against Thomas Bordeleau and Ryan Carpenter for the pivotal 1C role. In the loss of experienced AHL veterans such as Andrew Agozzino and Kyle Criscuolo, the responsibility of assuming both offensive and leadership roles will fall upon players like Robins and his fellow prospect, Danil Gushchin.
As the Sharks’ roster experiences attrition due to factors like injuries and trades, Robins should get another opportunity this year to play for the big club. With the additions to the Sharks’ forward group this offseason, there is a possibility that the 5-foot-11-inch forward might get overlooked due to his size.
What’s next for Robins?
Robins will be in the Barracuda’s top six all season as one of the best playmakers on the team along with retaining his slot in the Barracuda’s power play. If the Barracuda are to make a jump in the standings this season, Robins’ development into an elite playmaker and a consistent scoring threat will be a huge reason.
Bold Prediction: Robins spends the majority of the season with the Barracuda, scoring 45-55 points and gets named to the AHL All-Star Game.