Born: June 2, 1985 (age 25)
6 ft 0 in
195 lb Forward (Left Wing)
Robbie (pictured here (thanks, Fred!) scoring a goal against Manitoba in the 2009 playoffs) is probably most well known for scoring a goal in the final of the 2006 Frozen Four tournament while playing for the Wisconsin Badgers against Boston College. They won the game, the tournament, and is still a hero in Cheese land.
In 2004, he was Toronto's fourth pick in the NHL Entry draft and was traded to the Wild/Aeros on Jan. 21, 2009 for Ryan Hamilton. Robbie re-upped with the Wild this summer and will get a look when a left winger gets hurt up in Minnesota. He will definitely have more competition this year, so if he wants NHL dough again in 2010-11, he better take his game up a notch.
The guy is unquestionably fast. He's got good hands, but he has not shown the consistency needed to stick in the NHL. He was the Wild's top call-up from Houston last year, and he played well with the time he was given in the show.
Check out his talent analysis from the Hockey's Future Web site:
"Earl is a tremendously gifted offensive player who is exciting watch. He is an excellent skater with explosive speed. He’s a difficult player to contain because of his great ability to move not only through traffic but also around opposing defenders. He plays with intensity and will get involved in the physical aspects of the game. His play around the net is quite good. He will drive to the net as well as create chaos around it. He also possesses great playmaking skills. He sees the ice well and has good anticipation. He possesses a quick release and has no trouble finding the net. He has also shown a knack for scoring timely goals as well. One area of improvement for Earl is his size. At 185 lbs. he could stand to bulk up more."
Media-wise, Robbie is a a pleasure to work with. He is always available, polite, and gives concise explanations. Robbie is also a bit shy on the surface, but can be extremely funny. Check out this You Tube clip from his days in Toronto (his roommate was Justin Pogge, a former Leafs netminder.)
I hope Robbie's time is short in Houston. I think this is his last chance to prove himself after all, and if he does that, fans in Houston will be treated with quite the offensive show. His best season was 2007-08, his second full AHL season, with Toronto when he scored 14 goals and added 33 assists. Since then, he has not come close. He needs to this season.