The Denver Pioneers have lost Joe Colborne to the Boston Bruins. I don't think anyone is shocked by the decision. It will be interesting to see if Colborne can make the Bruins out of training camp like former Gopher Blake Wheeler did? Here is what Naoko Funayama had of NESN had on her twitter today...
Couple of 1st rounders are signed by the Bruins to entry-level contracts: Joe Colborne (2008, 16th overall) and Jordan Caron (2009, 25th) [NaokoFunayama]
Links to the Story
Bruins Blog; Four prospects in the fold...
Boston Herald; Joe Colborne inks 3-year deal
Denver Post; DU's Colborne reportedly signs with Bruins
Sophomore forward Joe Colborne has reportedly signed with the Boston Bruins, forgoing his final two years of eligibility at DU. Great kid, great talent, but c'mon, he never really deserved to advance this fast. Big Joe, the Bruins' first-round draft pick in 2008 (16th overall), is a very affable young man, and a proven NCAA sniper (team-high 22 goals this season). Problem is, he never learned how to play the tough game that is college hockey. He was fast-tracked, almost cheated, like giving a smart student straight A's just because he's smart. Apparently the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Colborne, his family and the B's think he will become tough in the AHL or turn Gretzky-like in the NHL, and he won't need to bang. I hope so. But there's only one Gretzky, and I was hoping to watch the toughness come out next season at DU.