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10-30-2011, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by
Michael Gary Scott
Quite accurate. Still disappointed we got Connolly over Colborne, hes ready and his play in the AHL shows that. Id say hes more ready than Kadri is. He'll be a great player for a long time, but we'll see him soon enough, Connolly will get injured again, its only a matter of him sitting on a bag of chips and he'll be gone for a few months
No he's not ready. 8 games don't make him ready. There is a reason the Leafs went after Connolly and didn't trade for a number 1 center. It's because they clearly believe they have one in Colborne. Yes, he may not be the 90 pointer they want but a big bodied center with a playmaking ability that will fit really well with Kessel. Grabbing Connolly allows the Leafs to really bring him along slowly.
Dallas Eakins is becoming quite the development coach at the AHL level and he's clearly working on Colborne. He's teaching him how to use his size, he's teaching him how to be a better all around player and he's teaching him to be consistent. There is nothing wrong with having him in the AHL for another year and giving him spot time on the Leafs when Connolly is injured.
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