Leafs acquire Colborne from Boston

The Toronto Maple Leafs, parent club of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced Friday that the team has acquired center Joe Colborne and Boston’s 2011 first-round draft pick, plus a conditional 2012 second-round draft pick, in exchange for defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

Colborne will report directly to the Marlies.

“We are happy to add another first-round draft pick and a solid prospect in Joe Colborne,” said Maple Leafs president & general manager Brian Burke. “He brings a unique combination of skill, vision and size.”

Colborne, 21, was Boston’s first-round selection, 16th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and he is currently playing in his first professional season. He is currently third in goals (12) for Providence and tied for third in team scoring this season with 26 points. The Calgary, Alberta native spent two years at the University of Denver and was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team in 2008-09. Colborne was named to the WCHA Third All-Star Team in 2009-10.

Kaberle is 11th on the Maple Leafs’ all-time points list with 520 points and 8th in games played with 878. He also ranks fifth in assists (437) and second in regular season overtime goals (7).