More Draft Intrigue
The more the Maple Leafs dawdle over the selection of a new hockey boss, the more it seems likely the next piece of encouraging news for the Leaf Nation will come through the June 20 entry draft in Ottawa.
And what a draft is appears this will be.
For the Leafs, picking No. 7, there are any number of possibilities in a draft filled with wild cards, from 6-foot-7 defenceman Tyler Myers to Russian forward Nikita Filitov to hardnosed Everett Silvertips winger Kyle Beach.
Well, here's another name to keep in mind.
Joe Colborne, a 6-foot-4 centre who plays for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, is a Tier Two forward committed to Denver University next season who appears to be moving up the rankings, possibly into the top 10.
Colborne, who is playing in the RBC Cup in Cornwall this week with the Camrose club, was ranked 28th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting ratings. Since he doesn't play major junior, he's a little tougher to gauge for NHL bird dogs, who will be out in large numbers this week to see him.
Last year, Burnaby forward Kyle Turris broke the major junior monopoly by going third in the draft to Phoenix, and ended up leaving the University of Wisconsin to sign with the Coyotes before the end of the regular season and getting into three games.
Now Colborne, it seems possible, could follow the same path. You can bet he's a player the Leafs are looking at very carefully in a draft that's looking more difficult to predict after Steve Stamkos goes to Tampa Bay with the first overall pick.