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He’ll net very few offensive points but could be a shot-blocking asset someday in multi-cat leagues.


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December 2019 – The 23-year-old finds himself in a rotating AHL d-man position this season. Despite his full-time roll in the previous two years, it looks like the Monsters have been looking elsewhere to find their needs at the back-end. This could spell trouble for the shutdown blue-liner as he is currently in a contract year and is battling for an extension. While offence has never been his strong suit, his minus-23 rating and 79 penalty minutes through 133 games may not be enough to convince the organization. Whether he re-signs this summer or not, he carries no fantasy value at this point. Dave Hall


May 2019 – Collins finished this past season with nine points in 60 regular season games for Cleveland. Producing offense is not a strength for the 6-5 rearguard, so those numbers are pretty decent. He needs more development time and will be expected to stay in the AHL for a couple of more years to do that. Do not look here for fantasy value as a result. Frank Pellegrini


December 2018 – The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned Collins to the Cleveland Monsters in September. It will be his third campaign with the AHL club. He is a defensive-minded player with adequate size but he lacks the mobility required to play in the NHL. With two years remaining on his entry level contract, the Blue Jackets have time to audition him. Collins needs two or three years of development but has the potential to secure a bottom-six role in the NHL. Frank Pellegrini


December 2017 – Collins is not a scorer but a bruising and massive d-man who, at age 21, conceivably could add more bulk. While he skates from zone to zone reasonably quickly, as a steady and composed shutdown defender he occasionally loses shifty, quick forwards but can handle most opposing skaters well. Collins’ puck-moving and passing techniques are works in progress. Defense is his calling card. He closes gaps fast and effectively despite average skating speed, and uses his lengthy reach well to stifle rival forwards with pokechecks. A skilled shot-blocker, Collins strives to keep opponents out of the middle of the ice, frequently funneling them toward the boards and away from the net. After a brief, post-NCAA appearance in the AHL last year, Collins is finding his way as an American Leaguer this campaign having skated in about half of the Cleveland Monsters’ contests. Kevin Wickersham

Fantasy Upside 2.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 6, 1996
Height 6‘5”
Weight 212 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 2; Overall: 47


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Benilde-St. Margaret's SchoolUSHS-MN23 1 34 6|Playoffs6 0 11
  Team MAP South Hockey UMHSEHL2 0 11 5|        
  Team MPLS Magazine UMHSEHL5 0 00 4|        
  Metro SouthwestUMHSEHL15 2 13 0|        
 2012-2013 B16 - Blue (Final 54)MNHP-163 0 00 -|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL38 0 44 12|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP56 2 79 20|        
  USA U17WHC-176 2 13 4|        
 2013-2014 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL26 0 22 10|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP59 1 67 26|        
  USA U18WJC-187 0 22 6|        
 2014-2015 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA32 1 89 14|        
  USA U20WJC-205 0 00 4|        
 2015-2016 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA29 0 44 35|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA37 3 69 28|        
  Cleveland MonstersAHL5 0 11 2|        
 2017-2018 Cleveland MonstersAHL57 0 1010 39|        
 2018-2019 Cleveland MonstersAHL60 3 69 32|Playoffs8 1 01
 2019-2020 Cleveland MonstersAHL11 1 23 6|