Weight: 196 pounds
Date of birth: July 22, 1999
Hometown: Northville, MI
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 4, 62nd overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Kingston Frontenacs’ left winger Jason Robertson played his minor midget hockey with the Don Mills Flyers during the 2014-2015 season. He laced up the skates in 62 games for the Flyers recording 28 goals and 33 assists.
Prior to the Flyers, Robertson played his midget hockey for the Detroit Kings where he scored 40 goals and 47 assists in 51 games. He was selected in the fourth round of the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection, sixty-second overall. He was also selected in the fifth round, seventy-fifth overall by the Omaha Lancers at the 2015 United States Hockey League’s Futures Draft.
Last season was Robertson’s first in the OHL. He had a productive rookie season scoring 18 goals and adding 14 assists in 53 games. His goals tied him for seventh among rookies while his 32 points were good enough to rank him 16th, and fifth among rookies eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft. He was able to crack a deep Frontenacs’ roster almost immediately and impressed the coaching staff so much that he received quality powerplay and penalty killing time.
Robertson is a big bodied winger who uses his size to his advantage but could play a more physical game. His skating is a work in progress. He lacks a separation gear and quick first steps, but is okay once he gets to his top speed. He possesses good hockey IQ with an excellent work ethic.
Robertson plays with a shoot first mentality with his hard, heavy and accurate shot with a deceptive release. He has good puck skills and uses his body to protect the puck extremely well. He’s willing, and capable of taking it directly to the net. He uses his hockey sense to elude checking and find himself in quality scoring positions, allowing his teammates to find him.
Defensively, Robertson has, and continues to put in the necessary work to be effective in his own zone. He has shown that he has excellent leadership qualities.
It’s difficult to project what Robertson could become at the next level. If he can improve his skating, he could become a scoring winger in the NHL. If not, he could be a solid secondary scorer.