Pasadenan on Ice as Maple Leafs Bet on Local Prospect

Published : Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 12:28 PM

Image Courtesy Nick Robertson Twitter

The Iceman Goeth from Pasadena to Toronto.

Pasadena-born hockey forward Nicholas Robertson, drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, has signed a three-year entry-level contract, the team recently announced.

Big-time hockey would appear to run in the family. Robertson’s older brother Jason was scooped up by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL draft. Nick went to the Leafs in the second round.

As kids, the Robertson brothers both played for the Pasadena Maple Leafs, according to a Toronto Sun report. In August 2018, Nick Robertson was selected to represent Team USA at Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

Nick Robertson had 25 goals and 55 points in 54 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Peterborough Petes in 2018 and 2019. In 116 career regular-season OHL games, he’s registered 88 points (42 goals, 46 assists), along with a goal and an assist in five playoff games.

In interviews before and after the June draft, Robertson revealed how hockey had dominated much of his teenage life, hinting that the sport precipitated the family’s decision to move to Michigan from California, where his father was practicing law.

Nick Robertson, at 5-foot-9, is considerably shorter than older brother Jason, and visibly undersized when he stands with his Petes teammates; that doesn’t get in the way of his playing.

“I think I’m a skillful player and elusive because I’m a smaller guy, and I think I have pretty good hands and use it as my advantage and a good shot as well,” Robertson told the Sun. “I think I’m a passer, yet a shooter, and I am a very tenacious player, like to hound the puck, cause havoc, turnovers.”

The Sports Forecaster describes Robertson as “a natural when he has the puck on his stick, as both a playmaker and goal-scorer.”

Robertson “puts up points naturally.”

“As somewhat undersized, he will need to become stronger in order to maximize production at the highest level. He will also need to improve his skating, which is only average.”

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