April 09, 2011
Bozak will end his season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his second in the NHL, as one of the top five scorers on the current roster.
Frattin's NHL journey is set to begin tonight.
An Edmonton native, Frattin signed a 2-year deal with the Leafs on Friday, having been previously drafted by the team No. 99 overall in 2007. The 23-year-old forward led the NCAA with 36 goals and was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and a WCHA First Team All-Star.
Whatever he ends up being in the NHL, the fact that he'll debut at home tonight in the team's finale against the Montreal Canadiens is symbolic of the optimism that's overshadowed the disappointment of missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
"I've been working my whole life for this," said Colborne. "It doesn't get much better than that, Hockey Night in Canada. I can't wait."
"It's a great opportunity. It's not lost on me," said Colborne. "I was a little nervous out there (at practice). They're pretty high-profile guys, but by the mid-part of practice, they had made it easy for me."
Mirtle has more on Colborne's debut tonight, including words from Ron Wilson on his top line placement.
The Canadiens enter this game with the playoffs, and a seemingly inevitable first-rounder against the Boston Bruins, in focus. The Leafs are focused on the future, and hope Frattin and Colborne can give fans a taste of that. The Leafs and hope ... go figure, right?