Thursday, 11 November 2010

Robak's Transition to AHL Going Well

Former Brandon Wheat King Colby Robak is back in his home province this weekend.

Robak and the Rochester Americans visit the Manitoba Moose Friday and Saturday at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Robak has two goals and 11 points in 15 games so far this season with the Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.

“It’s been a fairly easy transition,” said Robak earlier this week, “It’s a great team this year, a good group of guys, and the coaching staff great as well. They make things very easy.”

Robak was a second round pick of the Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has definitely made a strong impression in the early part of the AHL season.

However, Robak says he’s not quite ready to say he’s ready to play in ‘The Show.”

“That’s a tough question. It all depends on what they’re looking for, and what they want me to work on this year,” says the 6-foot-3, 207 pound Robak, “I’ve been keeping in close contract with (Florida) and they seem happy with me but, in today’s game, there’s always someone battling for your spot so you have to keep improving.”

One of Robak’s teammates with the Americans is former Wheat King and Brandon product Tyler Plante, who is in his fourth season with Rochester.

“He knows the city so he helped me get around and what-not,” says Robak, who also counts Neepawa product Triston Grant among this teammates, “(Plante) helped me turn into a pro, showed me what he’s learned in the last four years so I can use them for myself.”

The 20-year old Robak spent four seasons with the Wheat Kings, notching 37 goals and 143 points in 246 career games including 16 goals and 66 points in 71 games last season.

He’s one of five players from Brandon’s team a year ago currently playing in the AHL.

The others are Matt Calvert (Springfield), Alexander Urbom (Albany), Travis Hamonic (Bridgeport) and Brent Raedeke (Grand Rapids).

Here's my complete interview with Robak that aired during yesterday's broadcast on CKLQ...

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