Things seemed to click for Collins after a woeful October trip to Alaska.
“I struggled bad up there,” said Collins, who lives in Boston. “I didn’t come out of the gates the way I would have liked. I made some really costly plays and big errors. I remember, in Alaska, Coach said he felt bad for me because I was working hard but things weren’t going my way.”
In the 21 games since, things couldn’t have gone better. Collins has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists), which is fifth in the nation over that timespan.
“At the beginning of the year, and definitely in Alaska, he was trying to do too much,” Dennehy said. “He was trying to take on too much of that scoring load. It’s ironic, because since he’s stopped worrying about scoring and being a more complete player, he’s scoring more.”
At the end of the day though, Collins doesn’t seem consumed by it.
“I want to win,” he said. “That’s why I play. Winning is the most fun. I go out and work hard and you get some bounces, you’ll get some goals and assists but those are just bonuses to getting the only real two points that matter at the end of the night.”
Hockey East’s Top Juniors
Goals Assists Points
Mike Collins Merrimack 37 48 85
Matt Nieto BU 33 50 83
Kevin Goumas UNH 27 55 82
Bill Arnold BC 37 38 75