Anaheim Ducks trade for defenseman Colby Robak

December 4, 2014

The Anaheim Ducks announced another trade for a defenseman, acquiring Colby Robak from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Jesse Blacker and a future conditional draft pick. Robak will report to the Ducks and join the team in Minnesota.

The Ducks have dealt with injuries and inexperience among their defensemen all season, forcing the team to patch holes on the fly somewhat.

Robak, 24, has collected three assists (0-3=3) with 25 penalty minutes (PIM) in 42 career NHL games with Florida. The 6-3, 194-pound defenseman made his NHL debut on Feb. 12, 2012 at the New York Islanders and recorded his first career NHL point (assist) in a 4-1 victory on Mar. 5, 2013 vs. Winnipeg. Robak appeared in seven games with the Panthers this season, going scoreless with two PIM.

Selected by Florida in the second round (46th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Robak won gold with Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Championship. A native of Dauphin, Manitoba, Robak has also appeared in 268 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Rochester (2010-11) and San Antonio (2011-14), earning 29-78=107 points and 126 PIM. He made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut in 2012 with San Antonio, picking up 1-4=5 points with four PIM in eight games.

Blacker, 23 (4/19/91), made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Nov. 28 vs. Chicago, logging 6:03 time-on-ice (TOI). He began the season with Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the AHL, scoring 0-5=5 points with nine PIM in 15 games with the Norfolk Admirals. Acquired from Toronto with second-round (Marcus Pettersson) and seventh-round (Ondrej Kase) selections in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz on Nov. 16, 2013, Blacker ranked second among Norfolk defensemen in points-per-game (.33), second in assists and third in shots on goal (25).

Selected by Toronto in the second round (58th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Blacker has scored 11-47=58 points with 138 PIM in 195 career AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals and Toronto Marlies. The 6-1, 192-pound defenseman has also appeared in 20 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Admirals and Marlies, earning 1-2=3 points with 14 PIM.

By Staff of and news services

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