Dynamic and Aggressive, Eric Robinson is Here to Stay

By Jacob Nitzberg on January 27, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Dec 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Eric Robinson (50) celebrates a goal against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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Speed kills.

On Monday morning, the Blue Jackets announced that Eric Robinson had signed a two-year, one-way extension with the club through the 2021-22 season.

Robinson has notched 5-4-9 in 31 games this year, after playing 14 games between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons in which he failed to register a point.

His best attribute is his speed, but the difference between this year's Robinson and years past is his capability to finish the chances that his speed (or others) create.

Take, for example, Robinson's first NHL goal. 

Against Carey Price, no less, Robinson found space in the middle of the ice and deftly finished to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. 

When Robinson really shines, however, is when you give him space. 

He's one of the fastest players in the NHL with the puck, and that's on full display as he burns the Ducks and calmly buries the chance.

When he gets his wheels going, you can forget about catching him. 

Everyone in the NHL is getting faster, but they're still having trouble catching Robinson. The dynamic, quick winger has a lethal weapon at his disposal.

At just 24 years of age, the New Jersey native has potential. The Blue Jackets' front office sees it too, as does head coach John Tortorella. As players continue to get healthy, it makes it incredibly difficult for Tortorella to bench any of the skaters on the current roster, especially Robinson. 

While Robinson may struggle for playing time at points down the stretch, the Blue Jackets have shown confidence in him for the long haul.

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