What is Joe Colborne's potential?

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  1. cassius

    cassius Registered User

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    What kinda future does this guy have in the NHL?

    I haven't followed him much, but from what I gather he seems to fit a Brian Boyle mold. Huge size, good hands for a big man, and did very well in the NCAA. I just have some concerns about his physicality and skating transitioning into the NHL game, but other than that he looks like a good prospect.
     
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    Borderline 1st Line centre. Solid 2nd Line centre. But again, who knows he can become the next Joe Thornton.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say his max potential would be Thornton but a more likely scenario would be a great 2nd line center.

    Hes pretty much Chiarelli's baby though, so I highly doubt be gets traded.
     
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    Right now I'd say 3rd liner, 2nd liner tops. He doesn't use his size as an advantage yet.
     
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    IMO Blake Wheeler part two.

    Both guys have impressive size, but a lot of lean muscle. They won't use their size to punish along the boards or open ice, but they'll use it to shield pucks away from defenders. Neither should be looked or considered to be power forwards; they don't have the mentality or brute strength.

    They both move well for big men and have above average puck handling abilities. I'd say Colborne's on-ice vision and playmaking is better than Wheeler's while Wheeler's shot is better than Colborne's.

    Wheeler and Colborne both articulate themselves well to the media and fans and show candor in their approach rather than the typical hockey player canned interview.

    If you want to drink the cool-aid and cross your fingers for the best, Colborne is a Joe Thornton-lite. If you want to be more realistic about things, expect more of a Blake Wheeler mold: All the tools, will show glimpses of being something more here and there, but the production on the ice below average-to-average despite above average skills.
     
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    It depends, is he a Bruin or a Maple Leaf? :naughty:
     
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    No chance he ever becomes a 1st line center. He plays a college game, so 2nd line center/3rd on a good team.
     
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    He's a good center but it's tough to say what kind of player he'll be in the NHL. He has a lot of the right tools: size, shot, great playmaking ability and has a real high potential but has always been considered a boom or bust project prospect. He's still probably 1-2 years away from being an NHL player.

    I could see why Burke is interested in him and if Boston didn't have the center depth they have I'd be angry about losing him.
     
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    Cause players don't develop a new game when they get to new levels? :facepalm:
     
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    Nobody's mentioned Brian Boyle? I don't know jack chit about Colborne, but from what I've read they sound similar. Big body, decent skill, doesn't use his size, 2nd/3rd line center potential.

    Watching Boyle last night (against the Kings) he showed a lot more confidence and felt more comfortable with his size. He showed flashes with the Kings, but wasn't consistent enough to keep a roster spot. He's now what 25, 26 years old and seems to finally get it.
     
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    Any chance they move him to the wing?
     
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    You gotta realize, he grew like 5 INCHES in like 2 years, he still hasn't adjusted to his size, give him time, and I promise you he'll be a great player with the skill he's already got.
     
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    unfortunately, around here this actually has a significant effect
     
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    Haha - read the first post again. :P
     
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    If he's going to be a Leaf I doubt it. If it's as a Bruin, I can see him being both a centre and winger, sort of like Patrick Sharp.

    Anyway, if he does infact become a Leaf, we need him as a centre since we're already moving Kadri to LW.

    Top Line forward:
    Kadri - Colbourne - Kessel

    Top Line defence:
    Schenn - Gardiner

    The future looks bright.
     
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    Oops! :laugh:
     
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    Haha it's all good. I was thinking the same exact thing with the Boyle comparison. Boyle bounced around in the Kings system and switched from D to Forward. It seemed like he never gained that confidence in the Kings system, although he had all of the skill/talent/potential and he did well in the AHL. Playing for the Rangers seems to be a good fit for him.

    I think you'll see the same career trajectory with Colborne - it always takes the big guys a little longer to find their way.
     
  18. :laugh: within the first 5ish posts there's "The next Joe Thornton" and "3rd liner" :laugh:
     
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    Colbourne always struck me as soft. Doesn't "want it" enough. We'll see.
     
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    ive always thought he was overrated, but he is a good prospect

    im sure if he becomes a leaf he'll be touted as the next hugh jessiman
     
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    This has been said all year by many familiar with the Providence Bruins. Time will tell.
     
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    6'5+ prospect forwards dont have a good track record overall.
     
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    Now that he's a Leaf, pretty much an AHL'er fringe call up.
     
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    Good luck to him as Leaf. He hasn't exactly lit it up as a pro yet.
     

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