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11-17-2012, 01:50 AM
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Bill Collins !!!

Offensive Accomplishments:
311 Points in 768 NHL Regular Season Games
8 Points in 18 NHL Play-off Games

Collins' career PK usage number is 54%, giving him the highest usage among any post-expansion forward remaining. He played throughout the 1970s, when the balance of power was heavily unbalanced, yet managed to run PKs that were just 4% below the league average.

Interestingly, Collins’ teams were 17% worse than the league average at ES, when he had very little control over matters (i.e. he was one of just 12 forwards, on the ice only about 20% of the time). But on the PK, when he had LOTS of control over it, they were just 4% below average.

Collins was the North Stars' top penalty killing forward in 1969 and 1970, then both the Habs (top PK in NHL) and the Wings in 1971 in partial seasons with each, then also on the 1973 wings (3rd best PK in NHL) and 1975 Blues.

Another way he stands out: His even strength scoring. Collins averaged 29 adjusted ESP per season. Draft any other winger with high PK stats right now, and you're looking at 11-25 adjusted ESP/season.

In addition, with 768 games, he's played more NHL games than most other AAA PK forwards, making his per-game stats even more impressive in comparison.

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Like so many other struggling professional hockey players, mired in the confines of the minor leagues, Bill Collins can thank NHL expansion for his having the opportunity to have played in the elite league. After toiling in the minors for four years, Collins, and others like him, got the chance to play hockey at the highest level when the league doubled in size from six to 12 teams for the 1967-68 season. Collins signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota North Stars. In 71 games that year, he scored nine times and had 20 points.

In 1968-69, Collins again scored nine goals in a 19-point season. The following year he potted a career-high 29 goals for the North Stars. In 1970-71, he joined the Montreal Canadiens for 40 games in a trade that sent Jude Drouin to Minnesota before being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, where he enjoyed the best years of his career. In 1971-72 and 1972-73, Collins scored 40 and 42 points, respectively. Midway through the 1973-74 season he was sent to the Detroit Red Wings.

Collins also had a 50-game stopover with the Rangers in New York in 1975-76 but found himself on the move again the following season, starting the year with the Philadelphia Flyers. That experiment lasted just nine games before he was moved to the Washington Capitals, where he finished out the balance of his NHL career.

Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1972
an expert penalty killer and handyman type who checks very well...
Originally Posted by Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1975
primarily a defensive winger, but collected 21 goals two years ago... excels as a penalty killer... earned reputation as an "honest" hockey player.
Originally Posted by Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1978
workhorse type with a love for the game, who is handy to have around... can help Caps because of his work habits and maturity... in spite of many moves, retains winning attitude he developed while with canadiens... a true handyman.

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