Joe Colborne isn’t necessarily at a crossroads in his professional hockey career. And though the 23-year-old centre still is trying to find the right path you would think it will lead to the Maple Leafs’ opening-night roster. Signed to a one-year one-way $600000 US contract in the off-season Colborne would have to clear waivers to be sent to the Toronto Marlies. Would someone such as Brian Burke for example let the 6-foot-5 213-pounder slip past the Calgary Flames? Doubtful. Yet Colborne whose skating has come a long way is taking nothing for granted in training camp. Does he feel he is ready to be a full-time NHL player? “Yes but it’s one thing to feel it and another thing to go out and show it” Colborne said. “I realize that. There are a lot of guys here who have proven themselves already and the only way that I can do that is actually do it.” It’s not just about doing something noteworthy every time he hops over the boards. “It’s also realizing you have to go out there and not have something significant happen against you” Colborne said. “Depending on what role the coaches want me in that can be just as important as going out and scoring every shift. “To make this team you have to gain the trust of the coaches in the defensive zone. It doesn’t matter how confident I am in my offensive skills if I am turning the pucks over getting beat defensively (he will be in hot water).” Where Colborne would fit into Randy Carlyle’s lineup isn’t written in stone but starting on the fourth line possibly on the wing would be probable.
Consistency key for Leafs' Colborne
Toronto Sun | Sep 14