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The son of former NHL defenceman Stephane Robidas, Justin Robidas is a forward. His father played for the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Justin Robidas was drafted second overall by the Val D’or Foreurs in the 2019 QMJHL Draft. Robidas made an instant impact. He scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 57 games in his rookie season. Robidas, born in Texas, also played for Team Canada White at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. This is not an IIHF-sanctioned tournament, so Robidas is still eligible to play for both countries right now.
This past season, Robidas was named an alternate captain for the Foreurs. His offensive game took a big step forward as he scored 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in 35 games. Robidas also added three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 14 playoff games. Robidas helped Val D’Or to reach the QMJHL President’s Cup Final. Unfortunately, the Foreurs fell in six games to the Victoriaville Tigres.
In 2018-19 Robidas led Quebec to gold at the Canada Winter Games. He captained the team and scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in six games.
Justin Robidas Scouting Report
Center — shoots Right
Born March 13th, 2003 — Plano, Texas
Height 5’8″ — Weight 173 lbs [173 cm / 78 kg]
An undersized forward, Robidas has the strong skating that he will need to survive at the pro level given his size deficiency. He has a very good stride. This leads to excellent acceleration and very good top-end speed. Robidas sees open ice and darts towards it, beating his man to those areas of the ice. He also wins races to loose pucks. Robidas is also very shifty. He has excellent agility and edgework. Robidas can turn on a dime and makes lightning-quick changes of direction. This makes him hard to contain both with and without the puck.
Robidas is also solid on his skates for his size. He has a low centre of gravity, giving him excellent balance. This allows him to battle hard for loose pucks as well as win battles along the boards. He also does a good job of winning battles in front of the net. His powerful stride allows him to skate in the dirty areas of the ice as well as fight through checks.
Robidas marries his good skating ability with excellent stickhandling. He can make plays while moving at top speed and this makes him excellent on the rush. He also generates effective zone entries with his ability to avoid defenders and find open ice in the neutral zone. Robidas controls the puck effectively in the cycle. He is able to fight through checks and work the cycle game. This allows his teammates time to get open. When they do, he is able to find them with a quick pass to set up a scoring chance. Robidas sees the ice extremely well and anticipates his teammates’ movements. His quick hands also allow him to quickly open passing lanes and get the puck to a teammate as well.
Robidas can also play the role of a goal scorer. He is willing to carry the puck to dirty areas of the ice to create offence. Robidas also gets to the front of the net without it. He loves to play the give-and-go, passing to a teammate and then cutting to the net. From there he has the quick hands to elevate the puck quickly and put it in a tight opening. He can also quickly pounce on rebounds and deflect in shots. Robidas has a good wrist shot. It has decent power and is very accurate. He also gets it off quickly with a deceptive release that can fool goaltenders.
Robidas can sometimes try to do too much though. This can lead to him making one too many moves and losing the puck to opponents at times.
Robidas needs some work in the defensive end of the ice. His size is a real liability, as he has trouble containing bigger forwards on opposing teams in the cycle game. He will need to continue to work on adding muscle to his frame. Robidas also needs to show more consistency in his defensive end. There are shifts where he is engaged, cutting down passing lanes and defending with a high-end motor. There are other times where he is looking to cheat and create offence despite his team not yet having the puck. This may be something that also comes with more maturity and continued coaching. He could also improve in the faceoff circle.
Projection and Comparison
With his excellent bloodlines, skating ability, and ability to create offence, Robidas has a chance to be a top-six forward in the NHL. He plays at centre for Val D’Or but projects as a right-winger going forward. This will give him less responsibility to help out down low in the defensive end. He will need time in the QMJHL and AHL, but the investment could be worth it. Robidas’ creativity could really help on the power play. Robidas game is similar to Robby Fabbri but this is a stylistic comparison only, not one based on skill and ability.
The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Justin Robidas that are available on youtube as well as Twitter.
This is a solid reason on why I'm becoming such a Justin Robidas fan pic.twitter.com/VVCgKAj8DK
— Gavin Chiasson (@HockeyScoutCA) September 28, 2020
Doing my Justin Robidas article and thought I’d share this clip quickly with you all. pic.twitter.com/7Ixe3tpEPD
— Gavin Chiasson (@HockeyScoutCA) March 8, 2021
Justin Robidas, the son of former Maple Leaf and Star Stephane, made it 6-3 with his second of the night. Roy with another point. #QMJHLDraft #CWG2019 pic.twitter.com/aFPJTjivIo
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) February 19, 2019
2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect Justin Robidas (Stéphane Robidas' son) has been on fire as of late. Robidas has registered at least two points in each of his last three games.
Check out his one-timer GWG from earlier today against Rimouski.#2021NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/lgbTy05jwT
— Josh Tessler (@JoshTessler_) November 30, 2020
On the next chance, Quebec made it 2-0. Ontario is really struggling with their transition in the neutral zone.
Note the big hit by Ethan Del Mastro. Showed his strength, but he allowed Quebec captain Justin Robidas to get by and score on the play #QMJHLDraft #OHLDraft #CWG2019 pic.twitter.com/J571Rytzb6
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) February 19, 2019
Justin Robidas is seriously quick #2021NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/LIjrJbC0o1
— Alex Taxman (@AIexTaxman) October 10, 2020
This is a pretty nice goal by noted D-man (sorry) Justin Robidas!
For real though, he does a good job of identifying space and attacking. Initially attempting to pass across the defender's face, he corrals the bobble and pick the corner. Tidy work for the #2021NHLDraft forward. pic.twitter.com/GEa5p7QW0l
— Tony Ferrari (@theTonyFerrari) November 29, 2020
Justin Robidas (2021) spins and shoots. Beautiful goal. Keep an eye on Robidas. Could be a late first rounder in 2021. pic.twitter.com/W36HcoTtCj
— Josh Tessler (@JoshTessler_) January 11, 2020
Justin Robidas buries his 12th of the season, putting him at 24 PTS in 24 GP. #2021NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/uDgWQfpkNT
— Andy Lehoux (@Andylehoux1) February 18, 2021
Justin Robidas came to play today 👀
Goal #1: pic.twitter.com/6UUi4GzMmE
— Alex Taxman (@AIexTaxman) September 19, 2020
8th of the season for @ForeursVD forward Justin Robidas. The 2nd pick in the 2019 @QMJHL draft has 8G 11A so far this season. #2021NHLDraft #QMJHL #LHJMQ pic.twitter.com/HIUwBAhkgs
— Denis Leblanc (@DenisL_1981) November 29, 2020
Great shift on the PK from Justin Robidas, showing his great speed and puck protection to waist time in possession of the disc and recover the loose puck on the puck pursuit. #2021NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/tFMO6clzUF
— Andy Lehoux (@Andylehoux1) November 4, 2020
Check out this dish from #Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier on Sunday, part of a four-point weekend in two games for Val-d’Or. Wait for the replay from behind the net. Freezes the goalie, then the filthy no-look pass to 2020-21 draft eligible, Justin Robidas, for an easy one-timer. pic.twitter.com/Qns8Q5At16
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) February 15, 2021
Come on people, It's time to wake up on Justin Robidas! Another good game tonight with 1 g + 3 a. And know, we can't say the Jacob Pelletier excuse. Time to rise him in the rankings folks.#2021NHLDraft @RobidasJustin #LHJMQ #QMJHL @ForeursVD pic.twitter.com/ySPwdtE05h
— Benoit Belanger (@BenoitGBelanger) November 28, 2020
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Justin Robidas Scouting Report Main Photo:
BOISBRIAND, QC – NOVEMBER 24: Justin Robidas #19 of the Val-d’Or Foreurs skates the puck against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada during the third period at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau on November 24, 2019 in Boisbriand, Canada. The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Val-d’Or Foreurs 7-3. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)