|Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Written by 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...
Colborne is on track to being a fantasy hockey asset within three years.
Colborne's first NHL goal:
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
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.
Upside: Thornton-light (25-65-90+, 80 PIM)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 80%; 40%
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.
|Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 14:48|