Joe Colborne, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 213

Born: 1990-01-30

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Drafted: 2008 by Boston 16th overall










March 2014 - Previous to this year Colborne's career highs were 10 games and five points in a season. This time around his 24 points (including 9 goals) in 71 games (as of printing) has shown a little of why he was drafted 16th overall. The ex-Maples Leafs/Bruins prospect has played well in his first full NHL season and has settled in on the third line beside Sean Monahan. He has also seen time moving up the lineup and you can look for this young powerhouse to continue to get better as his confidence grows. Although the Flames will miss the post-season, Colborne is finishing strong. He currently has 9 points (five goals) in 14 games so far in the month of March. We could finally be seeing the real Joe Colborne. Brad Wilson


September 2013 – After a lack luster training camp in which he compiled a trio assists in six games, the Leafs cleaned up a waiver issue by dealing Joe to the Calgary Flames, who are desperate to find a key center man to make an impact. He will likely see minutes in the top three lines. Jason Banks

August 2013 – Currently the Leafs have declined to sign depth forwards for the team, and seems like Nonis is creating opportunity for growth from within. Colborne is currently looking like he will be the main beneficiary of the forwards and barring a poor training camp, he should break camp playing in ACC rather than Ricoh Coliseum. He has not excited me with his development the past couple seasons but he has shown minor growth but not the type that makes him live up to projections. He will slot in likely on the left side and move to center on an ‘as needed’ basis. Jason Banks

December 2012 – Colborne’s poor play that ended last season has continued. He still shows no signs of becoming a power forward that many have been hoping for and expecting as he lacks the physical aggressiveness. He is making poor shot selections, trying all too often to drive pucks through defenders on bad angles, and plays a rather weak perimeter game. He works hard, but unfortunately he does not put himself in positions for himself to succeed or take advantage of. Jason Banks


May 2012 – Colborne has had a poor final half of the season with the Marlies, compiling only four points in the final 24 games and sporting a negative 11 in those games. But he has bounced back in the playoffs with five points in eight games. Colborne missed the end of the end of the second round after suffering an extremely deep laceration to a finger. This injury is one that will continue to be sensitive for the rest of the playoffs making any production Colborne manages quite a feat. Carter Ashton’s arrival in Toronto creates a bigger battle for roster spots and call ups as Brian Burke appears to be sending a message that there will be competition for roster spots this fall. Colborne must compete and take advantage of his size more to set himself apart, instead of playing an outside game. Jason Banks


December, 2011 - Took advantage of minimal ice time and little PP time to post points in five of his first six NHL games...Was leading the AHL in scoring before injuring his ankle...Is showing, statistically, that he is very close to landing an NHL job, but will need a couple of seasons on the third line before taking that next step...Injuries have been of the small, nagging variety but they are enough to be a concern. Against bigger, stronger players he could become one of the players who play 70 games per season...With a sniper on his line, he could easily be a point-per-game player. Without one, it's a long shot...


Outlook: B+

Here to stay in the NHL, Colborne projects as a solid third liner with top 6 potential. Upside is likely second line but on a weak Flames team he can see top line minutes from time to time.



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Colborne's first NHL goal:




2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:

Expectations were tempered for Colborne as he joined a deep NCAA team in the U. of Denver. He was a big (6-5), lanky (just over 200 pounds) kid playing with a solid cast of older players. He performed well at first and even better when teammate Tyler Bozak went down for the season with an injury. Colborne took advantage of the added ice time to finish third among the team’s forwards in scoring. As he adds bulk – and he was drafted at 190, so you know he’ll top out at 225 or more – he could become a force akin to Joe Thornton. Being brought along slowly via the college system is perfect for the 19-year-old. After 2009-10, Marc Savard’s contract will expire and after 2010-11 Patrice Bergeron’s will be up. The timing couldn’t be better. With a dominant NCAA season in 2009-10, the Bruins will try and sign Colborne to get him in their lineup for the fall of 2010.



2008 Fantasy Prospects Report:

There likely hasn't been a more controversial Canadian Junior A Player of the Year. Some derided him for getting three 'lazy' assists during a February game well attended by scouts; we say we want the guy who can do that. Some say he's just good because he's big and has good hands; we say he was only 5'7 a few years ago, and we saw him then when he was a top-ten player in Alberta minor hockey. A terrific playmaker and impossible to contain when working down low, Colborne is definitely a work-in-progress - he had a poor combine - but he isn't anywhere near as bad as many like to make him out to be.

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Ronny said:

The picture That looks nothing like him...
August 01, 2012
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