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11-03-2011, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by TheFinnishKulemin View Post
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.
I agree it's a good move letting him develop with the Marlies right now. Compared to Wilson who doesn't seem to talk to his players a guy like Eakins should be great for Colborne's continued development as a player.

No reason to rush the guy. Let him keep doing great in the AHL and when a center goes down he'll probably get a shot.

Originally Posted by redsox7327 View Post
Let's see how he does now without Joey Crabb.
Considering Kadri and Frattin have gone down I think they won't take a massive hit with Crabb coming up. And yeah seems he's doing alright so far.

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