WILMINGTON, Mass. — After No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin, Joe Colborne is one of a handful of other guys getting a lot of attention at Bruins rookie camp this week.
Today general manager Peter Chiarelli lauded the ’08 first-round pick’s efforts.
“What I’ve seen from Joe Colborne, I’ve liked. His skating, it’s even improved from development camp. So I’ve liked that. And his strength in the testing has improved,” said Chiarelli.
It’s not often, especially so early in camp, that a GM is willing to commend a specific individual pubilcly. So Colborne can put Chiarelli’s comments in his mind and know that heading into this week’s rookie games against the New York Islanders he’s making an impression on Boston’s brass.
“It’s nice of him to say. Obviously, I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it,” said the center. “I kind of saw that as something I could work on over the summer. I got a few skating coaches and we put in a lot of hard work, focusing on using my edges a little better and kind of getting back to basics a little bit and getting used to using these big legs again. It’s been a long road, but it’s nice that he would say something like that.”
Chiarelli also complimented Jamie Arniel and Adam Courchaine for strides they’ve made since previous camps. But Colborne is one of the players that figures to be a factor when NHL camp opens Friday, so it’s interesting that he’s captured the general manager’s eye already.