Carlo Colaiacovo Keeps Coming Back

Tyler HillAnalyst IJuly 31, 2008

Drafted 17th overall in 2001, Carlo Colaiacovo was a promising young defenseman that had 136 points in 210 games played with the Erie Otter of the OHL. Carlo had also played twice with the world juniors, where he collected 13 points in just 13 games.

The Leafs tried to get him to reach his full potential, but injuries held him out of many games. Just this past season he missed 46 games with a knee strain, then missed the remainder of the year with a groin pull. Is Colaiacovo really worth all of these problems? Sure he's a great defenseman when he's there, but the question is, is he there enough?

In four seasons with the Maple Leafs, Colaiacovo has played just 101 games with only 32 points; however, Colaiacovo has said, "I'm out to be a new man." His goal is to play all 82 games in the upcoming season. Colaiacovo has established himself as a top four defenseman, but can he live up to it?

My question to you is will Colaiacovo's knee and groin be able to play all 82 games?