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Top 25 Under 25 - Dennis Robertson

Leading up to the countdown of the Top 25 Under 25 series, let's take a more detailed look at a couple of players who sit outside the Top 25, what caused them to miss, where we see them going, and what we think they need to do to make it into future editions of the Top 25. Next up, another late-round defenceman that has gone down the college route.

Who's this guy?

Dennis Robertson is a 6'1", 209lb. defenceman. He hails from Fort St. John, BC, and was born on May 24, 1990 (making him 22 years old). Robertson was a 6th round pick (173rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

What's he done so far?

Robertson was drafted as a 19-year old freshman playing for Brown University in the NCAA, where he accumulated 17 points in 30 games. In his 3 year career to date, he has amassed 11 goals and 53 points in 98 career games, along with 189 PIMs. Prior to Brown, he played two seasons for the Langley Chiefs in the British Columbia Hockey League.

Robertson was also named captain of Brown as a junior, and will return to that role this year. This continues a trend that developed recently in Maple Leaf picks developing into leaders on their junior and college teams.

Where's he going to play next season

All indications are Robertson will return to Brown for his senior season.

What can I expect out of him?

Robertson has many of the necessary tools, including solid size, a very hard shot, and good skating and defensive zone positioning. He now faces the challenge of continuing to progress at the next level, which is a difficult taks no matter what round of the draft you are selected in.

Where did he finishi in voting?

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EDITION 1 - 44/45

It's entirely possible RObertson was underrated in the previous version of the list, but as he continues to face long odds to the NHL, his low placement is probably not far off from the truth. In an interesting wriknle, the only three people he received votes from this time around (including two Top 25 votes, one in the Top 20) were from the panel's three Americans, who have more experience with the college game.

His NHLe from last season is around 17 points. That's not bad for a 6th round pick.

What does he have to do to move up in the next Top 25?

If Robertson continues to improve on his solid numbers as a two-way defenceman in the NCAA, he could become a late riser in the Leafs system. There are a number of names currently ahead of him on the leafs defensive depth chart, but continuing to attend school buys him and the Leafs time, and spots could open up by then to allow him to jump to the AHL by the end of the season.