|Robin Figren |
Born: March 7, 1988 – Stockholm, Sweden
2006-07 Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Acquired: Islanders 2006 third-round draft pick (70th overall) 2006-07 Overview
After growing up in Sweden and competing in the Swedish Junior Leagues, Figren made the move to the Western Hockey League (WHL) last year to further his development in a more NHL-style setting.
Serving an apprenticeship in the hard-hitting Western League, Figren held his own topping all Calgary Hitmen freshmen with ten goals and 27 points in 62 games. Figren also ranked fifth on the team with seven power play tallies.
However it was in the playoffs that Figren shone, playing a key role in the Hitmen’s march to the Conference Final. Figren was named one of the Three Stars of the Game in three playoff contests, earning the First Star of the Game in the Hitmen’s Game 3 victory over Medicine Hat in which he tallied a goal.
In 18 postseason games, Figren went 4-4-8, including 2-1-3 in the team’s five-game Conference Final series loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. He was considered the team’s best forward in the final playoff series. What They're Saying...
Islanders assistant GM Ryan Jankowski: "Robin made a huge step in his career by coming to North America as an 18-year-old to play for the Calgary Hitmen. The adjustment wasn’t as easy as he had hoped. Robin had many ups and downs in his first season in the WHL. Whether or not the offensive production was there, Robin continued to play hard and compete at a high level in most games. The second half to Robin’s season was slightly better, but what was most encouraging was his playoff performance." Before He Was a Hitman
Born in Stockholm, Sweden it was only natural for Figren to join a Swedish Junior team, which he did for much of his teenage years. Flipping back and forth between the Junior Under-20 and Under-18 leagues from 2003-04 to 2005-06, Figren recorded 30-33-63 in 66 games regular season games and 10-6-16 in 16 playoff contests Figren also played in two Swedish Elite League games during the 2005-06 season, registering no points.
In April of 2006, Figren represented Sweden in the Under-18 World Junior Championship, where he was 3-2-5 in six contests.What's Next?
After a year to adjust to the North American-style of play, Figren will look to take on a more prominent role in his second year in the WHL. By ending on a high note with an impressive playoff performance, Figren showed the Hitmen coaching staff that he’s ready to take his game to the next level in the upcoming season and increase his responsibility.
"It is always difficult for the European kids to come to a foreign land and make the adjustment to a different style of hockey," said Jankowski. "What was best to see was that he peaked at the end of the season when his team needed him most and laid the foundation for next season. This is a very important summer for Robin to add body strength and improve his conditioning and start off next season in Calgary where he left off this one." Newyorkislanders.com PROJECTion
Figren still has two more years to develop in the Canadian Juniors, which gives the Islanders a couple of years to wait until they have to sign him to a pro contract.
While Figren showed some promise in his first season, the Islanders have higher expectations for him. The Swede will be ready to make the jump to the pros in a couple of years and then will have a year or two at the AHL level to prove whether he’s ready to contribute in the NHL.STATS
| ||Regular Season ||Playoffs |
|Season ||Team ||Lge ||GP ||G ||A ||Pts ||PIM ||GP ||G ||A ||Pts ||PIM |
|2006-07 ||Calgary Hitmen ||WHL ||62 ||10 ||17 ||27 ||54 ||18 ||4 ||4 ||8 || |