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Role: Two-way forward
Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1st
Notables: 26 years old, 5-8, 186 lbs, Left handed shot
Season stats: 77 games played - 13G, 21A, +17, 47 PIM
Playoff stats: 12 games played - 3G, 2A, +2, 12 PIM
Chris Collins was a warrior for Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins this season, playing in all but three games. Collins was one of the toughest guys on the team and played much bigger than his 5-8 frame would suggest. It seemed like he was always the target after whistles and was picked on a lot because of his size by opposing teams. At one point in the season, Collins was playing with gashes under each eye that looked like the "eye-black" that NFL football players wear under their eyes to help reflect light so they can see.
As for his season, Chris Collins was bounced around on the wing anywhere from the 2-4 lines. He was a solid two way player and his +17 was tied for the most among forwards on the team. He was more of a scorer the last two seasons for the Augsburger Panthers of the DEL in Germany but has formed into a more versatile player this season for the Penguins. He played on the checking line in the playoffs with Zach Sill and Tim Wallace and was often up against the top offensive units from both the Admirals and Checkers. Collins is set to become a free agent this summer and I think the team would like to have him back. I don't see Collins being offered an NHL contract next season, so if he stays in North America to play hockey I don't see why he would want to leave this organization.
Should he be brought back? Rate his performance this season on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a terrible year and 10 being an amazing year. I'm going to go ahead and give him a 7. What do you think?