Colborne goes to the Bruins

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

OTTAWA -- From a Kodiak to a Bruin.

Joe Colborne could bear-ly contain his excitement last night when Boston made him the 16th pick last night.

"I've been to Boston twice before and just love the city," said Colborne, who just finished a wildly successful season with Camrose of the AJHL. "I'm pretty ecstatic right now."

He was a bit of a wild card, coming from the AJHL, but the 6-foot-5, 190 pounder is confident a year or two at the University of Denver will do wonders for him.

"That's one of the reason I chose college hockey, I'll be playing less games and I'll be working out a lot. Denver has a great strength and conditioning trainer down there.

"Hopefully I'll be getting stronger and more physical and will have a more complete game to bring to the Bruins."

He said his time in Camrose, where he scored 90 points in 55 games last year, was instrumental in his development and wants to thank the team and the community.

"It's been an honour for me to play in the AJHL the last few years. They've done so good at getting my name out there and giving me so many opportunities that I'm just extremely thankful."

Bruins director of amateur scouting Scott Bradley said the club had no hesitation whatsoever about drafting a guy out of the AJ.

"He's a great playmaking centre who has an ability to score," said Bradley. "He's got a lot of room to grow and fill out, but getting a player like this, we're very excited."

ENNIS EAGER TO IMPRESS

Edmonton product Tyler Ennis was picked 26th overall by the Buffalo Sabres after notching 43 goals and 91 points with the Medicine Hat Tigers last season.

Some pundits called him the best pure offensive player in the draft.

"I'm small, but I like to use my speed and my skill. I think that's accurate," the 5-foot-9 sniper told Sabres TV last night. "I'm competitive, too, so I can't wait to head to training camp."


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