Saturday, February 19, 2011

Scouting Report: Joe Colborne

As a prospect Joe Colborne has about the same potential as Nazem Kadri, the ability to be a first line centre with some risk that he might not reach that potential. However, they are different types of players. At 6'5" and 215 lbs, he has the size that every team dreams of but is still learning how to use it to his full advantage. The growth spurt is still relatively recent and so Colborne is still making the adjustment. He is not known as a banger. He is a decent skater but best asset is his playmaking skills. He loves to control the puck on along the boards on the power play and find his teammates for gift goals. He will remind you of Joe Thornton although I'm not suggesting he will ever be as good as Thornton.

2008-09 was his first season with the University of Denver (WCHA). His rookie campaign resulted in 10 goals and 31 points (fifth among WCHA rookies). He won All-WCHA Rookie Team honors and Denver’s Top Freshman Award, the Barry Sharp Memorial Award. In his sophomore season he played 39 games and scored 22 goals and added 19 assists for 41 points. He was named to the All-WCHA Third Team. Colborne was twice named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. This season he was playing for the Providence Bruins (AHL) and in 55 games he scored 12 goals and 12 assists.

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