Bruins, Jackets eye Colborne

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

CORNWALL -- Joe Colborne is now attracting the eyes of National Hockey League general managers.

Boston Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli visited with the Kodiaks' forward this week in Cornwall.

And Columbus Blue Jackets' GM Scott Howson arrived yesterday to watch the top prospect.

"He looks like he has lots of skill," said Howson. "He sees the ice really well. He has got some offensive instincts."

At six-foot-four and 195 pounds, Colborne is the national Junior A player of the year and is projected by some scouts to be a first-round pick in this spring's NHL draft.

The visit by Chiarelli at the team hotel came as a surprise to the soft-spoken Colborne.

"It was just like a talk between two of the guys," said Colborne after scoring a key goal in yesterday's win.

"They just wanted to get to know me and feel out what kind of guy I was. They seemed pretty happy."

As for Columbus, Howson isn't talking to Colborne right now.

However, the Jackets have the sixth and 19th selection in the draft next month.

RBC RUMBLINGS: Camrose goaltender Allen York's stellar play at this RBC Cup is definitely impressing Howson, who's club drafted the netminder last year.

"(He's) very athletic, looks very confident, great size," said the Jackets' GM.

"So, I think he is a really good prospect."

York will attend RPI (New York-based college) next fall.

Through two games in Cornwall this week, he has stopped 40 of 42 shots and was named Camrose player of the game yesterday.

FINISH LINES: the Edmonton Oilers are keeping tabs on Camrose captain Owen Chatwin, Sun Media has learned.

Chatwin will likely attend an NCAA Division III college next fall.


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