Brandon’s Tristen Robins has officially put pen to paper on his very first NHL contract. On Wednesday, it was announced that the 19-year-old and the San Jose Sharks had agreed upon a three-year, entry-level deal featuring a league maximum $925K cap hit. With the Sharks, Robins would make $843K annually, while earning $80K if playing in the minors. The contract also includes a $278K signing bonus – $93K of which was paid out on Wednesday.
“Tristen came off an impressive performance at the end of last season, scoring 16 points in the final nine games,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. “His game has improved since he made the move to center, and his puck possession, pursuit and skating ability fit in our system of how we want to play moving forward. We are excited to have him a part of our organization.”
The Sharks’ 56th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft has spent the past two seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades after being taken in the fourth round (76th overall) of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Regina Pats. At the time of his bantam draft, Robins had just completed 35 games for the AAA Brandon Wheat Kings, where he put together stellar numbers, including 51 goals and 91 points.
He then joined the RINK Hockey Academy, where the now 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward skated in 65 total regular season and playoff games for the U-18 Prep Team during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. During that time, Robins registered 27 goals, 77 points and 81 penalty minutes. His final season saw 20 goals, 54 points and 51 penalty minutes in 31 contests, before adding six assists in five postseason games.
With Saskatoon, the crafty Brandonite went from nine goals and 25 points in 68 games during the 2018-19 season, to 33 goals and 73 points in just 62 games last year, making a 48-point improvement in six fewer games. The Sharks clearly took notice and used their 2020 second round selection on the winger.
Interestingly, Robins’ father Trevor actually suited up as a goaltender for San Jose back in the 1994-95 season following his time in the WHL also with Saskatoon and the Brandon Wheat Kings. Trevor Robins went on to play professionally for Nottingham and London of the British Ice Hockey Superleague through the late-90s and early-2000s.