"I want to be the one the Leafs look (upon) to be their No. 1 go-to guy," Colborne told the Sun. "It's something I'm striving for. When I wake up every day and come to the rink, that's the goal I have."
The 22-year-old collected one goal and three assists for four points in nine games with the Leafs a few months ago, and since he was returned to their AHL affiliate, he has worked hard at improving his defensive skills.
"I've been playing the best defensive hockey of my life," Colborne added. "It never really was a huge focus for me, but I really have started to (concentrate) on it."
Meanwhile, Colborne tries to keep a positive attitude despite all the trade talk.
"It's old hat for me," he said. "I know Nazem (Kadri) has been in a bunch of (rumors) and we joke about it. People make it seem like we are so worried about it, but it's really a relaxed atmosphere. I love being in Toronto and that's where my focus is."
In 40 games with the Marlies this season, Colborne has tallied 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points.
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