The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Eric Robinson to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Robinson, 24, has posted five goals and four assists for nine points with eight penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks second on the Blue Jackets in plus/minus rating, while standing second among club rookies in goals (tied) and fourth in points and shots (40). He notched his first career NHL goal in his season debut on November 12 at Montreal (Carey Price) and collected his first career assist on December 9 at Washington. He has added 3-2-5, six penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 14 contests with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters in 2019-20.
"Eric is an exciting young player that has gotten better and better over the past two seasons," said Kekalainen. "He is a tremendous young man, has game-breaking speed and we believe will be a very good player for us as he continues to work hard and improve his game."
The Bellmawr, New Jersey native has registered 5-4-9, eight penalty minutes and is +7 in 45 appearances with Columbus since making his NHL debut in the club's 2017-18 regular season finale on April 7, 2018 at Nashville. In 2018-19, he recorded 18 shots while skating in 13 outings with the Jackets. He has added 15-14-29, 21 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 59 outings in two seasons with the Monsters. He led Monsters rookies in assists and ranked second in goals (tied), points and plus/minus in 2018-19 with 12-12-24, 15 penalty minutes and was +3 in 45 games.
Prior to turning pro, he registered 39-28-67 and 74 penalty minutes in 128 career games at Princeton University (ECAC) from 2014-18. As a senior in 2017-18, the 6-2, 197-pound winger set career highs with 17-14-31 and 44 penalty minutes in 36 games and served as the team's captain.