Rookie center, Joe Colborne, is just one of those campers who hopes to prove himself worthy of a roster spot on the NHL Bruins.
Colborne, the 16th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry draft, signed a three-year entry-level deal with the B’s and played six games with the AHL Bruins in Providence at the end of last season.
This year, he hopes to turn enough heads at camp to make it up to Boston for an NHL debut.
“Well, I want to be playing for the Bruins up here, but I’m kind of in a nice situation where I don’t have any expectations," said Colborne. "There are, obviously, a lot of centermen here and there are a lot of skilled guys that have played in the NHL already, so I get an opportunity to come in here and try to work my way up from the bottom and try to take someone else’s spot.”
Having spent some time playing at a professional level, Colborne says he is feeling better physically and is confident on the ice at captains’ practice.
“It’s an eye opening experience," he said. "It’s something I’ve been looking forward to.
"These are guys that I’ve been watching really closely the last few years, and it’s nice to see [Greg] Campbell and [Nate] Horton out there.
"They look good.”
Colborne remains realistic, however, and says he enjoyed his experience in Providence and is learning a lot in Wilmington.
But, of course, Joe's hopes remain high.
“I’ve been playing with pros all summer, and my AHL games have really helped me," said Colborne. "Now I’m coming in [to camp] knowing I can play with these guys and can contribute right away, and that’s what I intend on doing.” ---Taylor Walker