NHL.com recently analysed the Leafs talent pool to choose their top 10 prospects, with 2013 first round draft pick Frederik Gauthier encouraginly already positioned at number three. Unsurprisingly to many fans, 2011 fifth overall selection, Morgan Reilly, was ranked as the Leafs best overall prospect.
However, it’s the second name on the list, Joe Colborne, who most intrigues me. Originally drafted 16th in 2008 by the Bruins, he was traded to Toronto in 2011, as part of the Thomas Kaberle deal.
While the Calgary native has shown flashes of his potential, including during two appearances for the Leafs in last season’s playoff, he has yet to display this on a regular basis. In his defence, part of the reason has been as a result of injury issues, combined with growing into a big body.
However, at 23, it’s time for the forward to start producing more consistently. Having signed a new one-year contract in July, this is an important season for Colborne.
Here’s some highlights of what the Leafs will be hoping to see more of during the 2013-14 campaign:
1) FIRST NHL GOAL
2) SCORING FROM ONE KNEE
3) COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
4) STANDING UP TO THE OPPOSITION
Err………okay. Maybe Colborne can leave the fighting to his teammates.
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- By English Paul
- August 30, 2013