Joe Colborne's Potential
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07-12-2012, 08:40 PM
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I don't think anyone's saying that, or at least I hope not. He's not a third line type at all based on his defensive ability and physicality. Third lines are supposed to give you "safe" minutes and having Colborne there will NOT give you that.
The only reason people say 2nd line is because that's his only option because for the above reasons, he's not a safe minute defensive player, and he's sure as heck not a potential first liner.
He has one, maybe two jobs (if he converts to a wing) max in the NHL available to him, and that's just the reality of it. Whether he can take it from an established player like Grabovski or any other team's 2nd line is extremely unlikely. Keep in mind that we are in fact a lottery team so it stands to reason that most teams ahead of us already have better options at the 2nd line centre ice position.
Lots of prolific scorers at the junior and AHL level were forced to become defensive types to make it to the NHL level.
Colborne is no different.
As far as how physical Colborne is. Not all 3rd liners are wrecking ball types.
Colborne however will hit but it just won't be the big wow types hits. It'll be more of the Poni/Antropov/Kulemin type hits where he rubs people out along the boards. Colborne is also huge which means he's incredibly hard to get around or shot pucks through and he's strong at protecting the puck.
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