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Bruins rookies wrap up win 09.15.10 at 9:21 pm ET
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BOSTON — The Bruins added two and Islanders one in the third period, and the B’s ended up taking the first of two rookie games at the Garden, 5-2. Though Tyler Seguin picked up second assist of the night on Jordan Caron‘s second goal of a hat-trick performance, the attention was on a different center late in the game and for different reasons.

Joe Colborne took an elbow from Islanders forward Justin Dibenedetto more than halfway through the period and bled pretty heavily immediately after the play. There was a fairly large puddle of Colborne’s blood by the Islanders’ blueline and the center added a trail of it as he skated off the ice. Colborne did not return to the game, nor did Dibenedetto, who was given a five-minute major and game misconduct.

The 16th overall selection in 2008 by the Bruins, Colborne played in six games for the Providence Bruins last season after finishing up his second season at the University of Denver. He is considered one of the Bruins’ top prospects and one of whom Peter Chiarelli spoke highly this week.

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A bad picture, but a good deal of excitement for Bruins prospects at 5:45 pm ET
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BOSTON — So the photography isn’t all the way there yet, but it’s a work in progress. This one’s probably on par with the captain’s practice picture from this morning. See that poorly circled white dot above the Bruins’ blue line? That’s center Joe Colborne sitting by himself on the Bruins bench in shorts and a t-shirt looking at the empty ice at the TD Garden. The 16th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, Colborne hasn’t exactly been reserved in discussing his excitement for these two games against Islanders on the Bruins’ home ice this week.

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Other Bruins youngsters have trotted out to the bench, taking it all in before they taking it to the ice in front of an expected crowd of around 10,000. Click here for Tuesday’s video of Colborne talking about skating on the Garden ice.

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VIDEO: Chiarelli excited about Colborne, Colborne jazzed to play in the Garden 09.14.10 at 1:45 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had some nice things to say about that other center prospect in Joe Colborne, commending him on his improvements from rookie development camp earlier in the summer. Colborne on the other hand, has made no lie about how excited he is to skate at the Garden on Wednesday and Thursday for a pair of games against the Islanders rookies. Here’s the video of the two.

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Tyler Seguin, Bruins rookies take ice for third day at 10:22 am ET
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WILMINGTON — After spending Monday in Bolton for the Bruins’ annual charity golf tournament, we’re back here at Ristuccia Arena for the third day of rookie practices. The same lines appeared to be out there as Sunday’s opening session in the first hour, with a shuffling occurring for the second session during special teams drills. Here’s how they looked:

Jamie ArnielTyler SeguinJordan Caron

Jared KnightJoe ColborneMax Sauve

Yannick Riendeau – Craig Cunningham – Ryan Spooner

Tyler Randell, Joe Pleckaitis, Antoine Rousel, Lane MacDermid and Walker Wintoneak rotated in and out during special teams drills.

The Bruins changed things up a bit and moved their noon captain’s practice up to before the rookie skate, meaning the vets are done for the day. Stay with the Big Bad Blog for what the rookies have to say Tuesday, their last day here before moving it to the Garden for a couple of games against Islanders rookies on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Tyler Seguin sports No. 19 at rookie camp 09.12.10 at 12:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — With the likes of Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely, and Claude Julien looking on from the stands, the Bruins began rookie camp Sunday morning. After skating with Bob Essensa‘s goalie camp last week, second overall pick Tyler Seguin took to the ice wearing his No. 19 (he wore 57 at rookie development camp this summer and many of the other prospects in attendance were sporting high numbers).

Seguin, believed to be able to help the Bruins as a center or wing this season, skated between Jamie Arniel and 32nd overall pick Jared Knight. Joe Colborne centered Lane MacDermid and Jordan Caron. The other two lines featured some guys rotating in. One consisted of Joe Pleckaitis, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, and Ryan Spooner, with the Craig Cunningham, Yannick Riendeau, Antoine Roussel, and Walker Wintoneak skating on the other.

Defensemen Yury Alexandrov, Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Matt Delahey, Ryan Donald, Alain Goulet, and Steve Kampfer skated as well. Goaltenders Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, and Michael Hutchinson were also in the house.

The first of two session is in the books. We’ll have more once the second is over with and the players have spoken.

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After long summer, Joe Colborne ready for action 09.09.10 at 12:58 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — With age and experience, hockey players often say that the offseasons shorten up. The time devoted to family and training flies by as training camp fast approaches. Tell that to 20-year-old prospect Joe Colborne.

“You have no idea. It’s finally here,” Colborne said after taking the ice with the veterans for the third day of captain’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “Everyone kept telling me how short the summer was. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I’ve been waiting — it feels like this last month has taken a year.”

This will be Colborne’s first camp with the big boys. After starting the last two seasons playing for the University of Denver and finishing the 2009-10 campaign with six games in Providence, the center is preparing for his first foray in making an NHL squad.

Going the college-to-AHL-to-NHL-hopeful route has been beneficial for Colborne. The 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Colborne has the talent and size that make many believe he has a productive professional career ahead of him. It’s at each stop, however, that Colborne has been able to develop the most important tool — vision and timely decision-making.

“The biggest difference that I’ve noticed is that everyone knows how to play the game at a higher level and you think the game at a higher level,” Colborne said. “When you get to college and you get to the pros, everyone’s a good player and everyone has good skills, but it’s the guys who can think the game and think the game about a step faster than everyone else. You have to be thinking where the puck’s going to be a lot sooner than, say in college, where you’d have an extra second with the puck or so. I’ve noticed that the D-men close the gap better, forwards are on the forecheck quicker, and it’s just making the decisions a little bit quicker.”

In 39 games for the Pioneers in his sophomore season, Colborne had 41 points in 39 games. Over his short stint with the Baby B’s to end the season, he had two assists. Points aside, nothing was more valuable than getting to once again learn to adjust, just as he had when he first arrived in Denver in 2008.

“Playing in the AHL at the end of the year was a big jump,” Colborne said. “I felt like as the games went on, I felt better and better. This summer’s been huge for me, just working on my quickness. I’m looking forward to camp to see how I compare up against some of the best players in the world.”

The odds are that Colborne’s season will begin in Providence, but after an offseason in which he said he took “two or three days off,” his future is bright. He’ll be on display at the Garden for rookie games on September 15 and 16. He jokingly thanked Tyler Seguin for the opportunity to play at the Garden.

“I’m sure if he wasn’t here, we’d probably be playing in some rink in the middle of nowhere,” he said with a laugh.

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Providence Bruins schedule released 08.25.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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On the same day that the NHL released its television schedule, the AHL released its regular season schedule, meaning anyone with an interest in seeing some of the Bruins top prospects not named Tyler Seguin should get out their calendars.

The team opens up the season at home, where they will take on the Springfield Falcons, the minor league team of the Columbus Blue Jackets (and formerly of the Pheonix Coyotes — thanks to reader “Malt”). The two will square off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday, October 8. Checking out the farm could be a great way to kick off the season for fans who won’t be in Prague the next day for the big club’s opener.

To see the rest of the schedule, click here.

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