#11 – NICK ROBERTSON, LW

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Nick Robertson Scouting Report

Potential:

  • Upside: Top Line Playmaking Winger
  • Floor: 2nd Line Playmaking Winger
  • Comparable: Sebastian Aho

Scouting Report:

This is my scouting report on Peterborough Petes winger Nick Robertson. Robertson is hands down my favourite prospect from this year’s draft. There aren’t too many players that have impressed me every single time I’ve seen them play like he has. He sees the ice extremely well and has tremendous hockey sense. He has the ability to slow the play down, look for an open teammate and thread the needle.

Robertson is a strong skater with a low center of gravity with a stocky frame. He has an excellent array of moves and dangles that leaves opposing defenders guessing. He is a very creative player – his offensive awareness and hockey IQ are off the charts. He’s an offensive catalyst and makes something happen almost every time he’s on the ice.

I like that he seems to be fearless and gets into the right areas to score despite the fact that he’s only 5’9”. He’s a big-game player who rises to the occasion as the stakes get higher. He’s a clutch player with a flair for the dramatic and he comes through when it’s on the line.

I think that Nicholas Robertson is vastly underrated. It’s rare to find that kind of talent and a kid who sees the ice the way he does. You might find that kind of player but then discover that there’s an offset and maybe his compete level isn’t where it needs to be or there are other more glaring holes. I see no such concerns with this player, his compete is where it should be and I can totally see his game translating to the next level.

The only thing I think he needs to work on is to use his linemates a little more as I’ve seen him trying to do it all himself. That’s something he’ll be able to improve as he’s likely going to require a few more years of ‘fine-tuning’ in junior hockey. An interesting note here is that he is the younger brother of Dallas Stars 2nd rd pick Jason Robertson (Jason is 6’2” – what happened there? Lol). For the record, Nick Robertson was born on September 11th making him one of the youngest players eligible for this draft.

Comparable:

My comparable for him is Sebastian Aho although they are clearly not the same size. What I do find similar is the elite vision and hockey sense. That’s what led me to rank Aho 11thin 2015 and I thought it was a massive oversight that he ended up a 2nd round pick. I can potentially see a similar situation with Nick Robertson and he’s selected on Day 2 of the draft like Aho. Whoever ends up selecting him will not be disappointed

Other Rankings:

  • TSN – #42
  • Central Scouting – #17 NAS
  • ISS – #34
  • Future Considerations – #35
  • McKeens – #40
  • THN – #42
  • Craig Button – #28
  • Hockey Prospect – #48

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