Sharks bring Robins back to Blades, just in time for the start of WHL’s 56th season


The San Jose Sharks gave a gift to the Saskatoon Blades on Thursday.

The NHL team sent 19-year-old center Tristen Robins (pictured) back to Bridge City Bunch, just in time for the start of the 56th WHL regular season on Friday night. Robins was San Jose’s second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Brandon, who turns 20 in November, could have played in the American Hockey League this season, but the Sharks held on to their recent record. return of older players to their junior teams. The addition of Robins gives the Blue and Gold four 20-year-old players, meaning one will need to be traded or delisted within two weeks. Saskatoon will once again welcome Robins as he led the team in scoring during the shortened 2019-20 COVID-19 season with 73 points, including 33 goals, on 63 teams. In the 2021 Eastern Division “Dubble” in Regina, an injury shortened Robins’ season to 16 games in which he scored 10 goals on 23 points.

It remains to be seen if Robins will be in uniform on Friday night when the Bridge City Bunch opens its 56th season in Moose Jaw. The Bleu et Or are 29-24-2 (tied) early in the season and have won the last three games in a row… all on the road, including the Hub season in Regina. Saskatoon will start a season against Moose Jaw for only the fourth time. The Blades won the first three games of the previous season against the Warriors, once in Moose Jaw… a 4-3 victory on September 24, 2004. It was the last time Saskatoon opened a season against Moose Jaw. In the just-ended preseason, Bridge City Bunch were 3-1-0, the Warriors were 4-1-0. During the Hub’s season, the Bleu et Ors were 16-5-3, good for 3rd place, while Moose Jaw was 8-13-3, good for 6th place. The Blades have beaten the Warriors in three of the Hub’s four meetings. Of all time, Saskatoon has 152 wins, 104 losses, 12 draws and 6 overtime losses against Moose Jaw. The Blades have 25 players on their roster… 15 forwards, eight defenders and two goalkeepers. One of the defenders, Ben Saunderson, 17, is sidelined with an upper-body injury and is not expected to play on Friday. Saskatoon has six players in their roster who are set to make their regular season debuts in the WHL. The second leg will take place on Saturday at the SaskTel Center. Face-off both nights at 7 p.m. with all the action on CJWW starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.

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