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Management of Expectations – The Buddy Robinson Edition

Stop the crazy train I want off. Buddy Robinson is big. He skates well for a big man. He handles the puck decently enough. But, he’s not going to be a scorer in the NHL. He isn’t going to change his stripes and start potting goal totals that approach the definition of a goal scorer that most fans are wishing for. Please check his stats – they DO NOT compare to Colin Greening’s. Buddy scored 13 in 77 games during two years of college hockey; Colin scored 25 in 67 during his first two seasons. Even Erik Condra scored 20 goals in his first two college seasons. He’s not going to be the next taller version of Colin Greening. He’s never been a scorer... getting four points in six AHL games at the end of the season is great but it’s a small sample size, he’s not going to keep it up.

Buddy Robinson could eventually be a fourth liner that no one likes to play against; maybe even get some third line time, who knows? With the right teammates he could score 10 goals a season, 15 as a career high but that’s about it. Yes, he’s tall and is close to the ceiling but it doesn’t mean his goal scoring ceiling is also high –it’s not the same thing.

I like him and was impressed by his speed, intensity and game. He looks great and will help his teammates. His impressive size will serve him well. If he can hit 10 goal and 10-15 assists he’ll be doing his job and everyone should be thrilled. I just don’t envision that he’ll suddenly develop a scoring touch that translates into many NHL goals. Think Erik Condra’s hands with Colin Greening’s skating and physicality. Now you’re talking about a realistic view of Buddy Robinson.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Silver Seven community, and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of the site managers, editors, or Sports Blogs Nation, Inc.

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