Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center and star prospect Joe Colborne was sent down to the Toronto Marlies today, as veteran winger Colby Armstrong is set to make his return to the lineup against the Washington Capitals on Friday, December 9th.
It is unfortunate to see Colborne be the odd man out, especially when we see Colborne start developing into a fine young player at the NHL level. Colborne recorded 4 points in 9 games this season. But I am sure the Maple Leafs’ organization and all its fans are happy to have the two way presence of Armstrong back in the line-up. “He gives us another bullet in the gun,” Wilson said after practice on Thursday at the Master Card Centre. “He plays a 200-foot game and he can play in any situation.”
Players such as Joey Crabb, Philippe Dupuis, Jay Rosehill and Colton Orr were other possible option to be sent down to the Marlies, but anyone of them would of had to clear waivers first.
The reason why Armstrong was out of the line-up was because he strained his ankle against the Winnipeg Jets on October 19th. Before Armstrong’s injury he was not having a stellar season at all, with zero points and a -3 over 5 games.
Armstrong is expected to be on a line with Tim Connolly and Crabb when he returns on Friday.
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