Cole tallied an assist, three hits and a game-high eight blocked shots in Thursday's win over Washington. His nifty stretch pass to Scott Wilson led to Nick Bonino's game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Despite skating only 17:01, the lowest amount of any Pittsburgh defender, he made the most of his limited time. Cole collected three assists in Round 1 and figures to continue chipping in without Kris Letang (neck) available in the postseason.
Cole registered two assists over 19:49 of ice time during Friday's Game 2 win over Columbus. Cole had a respectable five goals and 26 points while logging 19:49 of ice time during the regular season, and all three marks represent career highs. Being attached to a dominant offense helps Cole's upside, and he's also willing to block shots (194 during the regular season), which provides a modest floor. He's still nothing more than a flier in all fantasy settings, though.
Cole assisted Patric Hornqvist's third-period goal Sunday against the Flyers. Cole now has 24 points on the season, doubling his previous career high of 12. Furthermore, he's playing the best all-around hockey of his career, dishing out 149 hits and blocking 181 shots over 75 games. If this is truly a breakout season for Cole, he has legitimate long-term potential as a 200-foot defenseman.
Cole netted the game-winning goal Saturday against the Canucks. It was the fifth goal of the season for Cole, who has been a steady contributor this season, racking up 22 points in 67 games. Cole isn't really known for his offense and doesn't play on the power play, but he's a decent puck-moving blueliner on one of the best offensive teams in the NHL, so the points are bound to come. With a plus-25 rating and 62 PIM, Cole makes for a well-rounded fantasy option in some deeper formats.
Cole scored a goal while posting six blocked shots and a minor penalty in Friday's 2-1 loss against the Blue Jackets. Cole has helped fantasy owners in deeper pools in the offensive categories while helping everyone with a strong plus-minus rating. He is also a tremendous asset with 120 hits and 143 blocked shots through 57 outings.
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