Toronto Maple Leafs: Colborne, Frattin Start NHL Careers as Regular Season Ends

April 8th, 2011 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens will be all about finishing the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but for the two newest members of the team, it'll be all about the beginning. 

For Matt Frattin and Joe Colborne, it will be the first game of their respective NHL careers, in the Leafs 82nd game of the season.

President and General Manager Brian Burke announced on Friday that Frattin had signed a two-year entry level contract with the Leafs, and would be making his debut with the club the next day. He was drafted 99th overall in the 2007 Entry Draft.

Frattin, who played at the University of North Dakota this season, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, as well as the runner-up for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award. He lead the NCAA with 36 goals through 44 games, and finished the season with 60 points. 

The 23-year-old winger will likely see time on the third-line, but will no doubt be moved around during the meaningless game to see what he can do in various situations.

Colborne, who arrived to the organization as a part of the trade that sent Tomas Kaberle to the Boston B ...

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