23-Year-Old Left Wing – Calgary Flames
Joe Colborne Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with Toronto in July of 2013.
Colborne (illness) was present at Saturday's morning skate and could play against the Oilers, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 7||at EDM||0||0||0||0||4||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||13:15||0:13|
|Dec 6||COL||Did Not Play|
|Nov 30||at LA||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||0||15:06||5:23|
|Nov 29||at ANH||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||2||0||13:01||0:00|
|Nov 18||at WPG||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||2||10:53||0:31|
|Nov 8||at COL||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||8:52||0:00|
|Nov 7||at STL||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||2||0.0||2||1||18:20||4:51|
|Nov 5||at MIN||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||18:16||1:28|
|Nov 3||at CHI||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||0.0||0||1||18:50||0:00|
|Oct 24||at DAL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||1||10:24||1:44|
|Oct 22||at PHO||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||100.0||3||0||10:08||0:00|
|Oct 21||at LA||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||3||1||12:16||1:54|
|Oct 19||at SJ||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||0||13:21||3:38|
|Oct 16||at ANH||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||8:44||0:00|
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|Oct 4||at CLS||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||4||0||12:41||0:00|
|Oct 3||at WAS||Did Not Play|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Colborne's immediate future -- at least with the Buds -- lies on the wing. He's a natural center, but that spot is crowded in Toronto. So he'll battle in camp with Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin for a job on the third line. His theoretical upside remains high -- there aren't many 6-5 centers with hands like his. But he still has some growing to do as a player. He remains a keeper option, but he won't bring value in single-year formats. Expect him to start the season with the Marlies.
Little Joe is a big man blessed with extraordinary hands, deceptive speed and high hockey IQ. Trouble is, he's also been lumped into that 'unengaged' big man category -- why is it that big guys often seem like they're dogging it when they're not? He's working on his two-way skills and he's growing into a top-six future. He should start the season in the AHL but the Buds could keep him up. He won't contribute much in single-year leagues but his keeper value is strong. He's not only huge but he can play both wing and center, and could end up on the top line in three or four years. Not a bad keeper at all.
Colborne, whose natural position is center, is poised to start his first full season as a pro as a wing. The Bruins are deep at center, so in terms of team needs and for Colborne to get on the fast track to the NHL, him playing on the wing makes a ton of sense. To that end, he played most of his sophomore season at the University of Denver and in six games for AHL Providence at the end of 2009-10, on the wing. Colborne, who weighed 190 pounds when he was drafted, has gotten bigger -- he's up to 6-5/215 -- and has improved his skating since then, which has helped him add some physicality to his game. He's no slouch with the puck and while Colborne isn't expected to crack the Bruins' roster to start the 2010-11 season, he could buck the odds and stick, as Blake Wheeler did a couple of years back.
The Bruinsí 2008 first-rounder had a successful freshman year at the University of Denver this past season, playing in all 40 games and racking up 10 goals and 21 assists. Colborne, who now checks in at 6-6, 206, has excellent skills for a big man, with the knock on him being that he is more of a perimeter player that shies away from contact. He still needs some time to develop, but comparisons to Joe Thornton are not completely unfounded.