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2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Mike Robinson

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Mike Robinson

Position: Goaltender
2014-15 Team: Lawrence Academy (NEPSIHA)
College Commitment: University of New Hampshire (2017)
Hometown: Bedford, NH
Height/Weight: 6'2.75"/195
Date of Birth: 3/27/97
Final Central Scouting Ranking: 8

The first year prep goaltender made a big statement to NHL scouts, despite playing for a Lawrence Academy team that is in rebuild mode under second year head coach Rob Barker.

Robinson went from not listed in the preliminary Central Scouting rankings to 16th at the midterm. He made it all the way to 8th for the final rankings that were released earlier this month.

The Spartans finished the season 7-16-2, but Robinson had plenty of exposure to scouts as his stock skyrocketed throughout the season. LA co-hosted a tournament with Groton as well as playing in Cushing's Watkins Tournament, both of which attracted plenty of NHL scouts.

The Bedford, NH native is a big goaltender who impresses scouts with his size and fundamentals. He's not overly athletic, quick or agile, but he is technically sound. He does a nice job squaring up to and challenging shooters and he covers a lot of the net with his big frame.

Robinson, who also plays with the Boston Jr. Rangers organization, has worked with Goalie Development Services (GDS) guru Michael Buckley.

"Mike is a play-reading, athletic goaltender. He has great size and his ability to understand the game keeps him calm and poised. When things get unpredictable he has the ability and compete level to battle. He is a well balanced goaltender technically, physically and mentally," said Buckley, a former goaltending coach for UMass and UNH.

Both Barker and Buckley raved about Robinson's work ethic and desire to get better. Robinson, who also plays on the golf team at Lawrence Academy, was one of the best goaltenders at March's Beantown Spring Classic, an event extremely well attended by scouts and college coaches.

Only Topeka's Matej Tomek (North Dakota) and Cedar Rapids' Ryan Larkin (Miami) are goaltenders on the NCAA path ranked higher in Central Scouting's final rankings. Robinson will be a senior in the fall and will likely play a year of junior hockey, possibly two, before matriculating to UNH.

Robinson is an interesting prospect to watch on draft weekend as there are reportedly a few teams who really like his size and potential, thinking his ceiling is higher than his No. 8 ranking among North American goaltenders.


Jeff Cox covers college, junior, prep and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.