Cole collected a pair of assists in a 4-3 win over Colorado on Thursday. The points were just his second and third of the season. Cole and Kris Letang were recently broken up as a pairing (at Letang's request), with Cole moving to a third pair with new partner Adam Clendening. He scored eight points (1G, 7A) in 20 games for the Pens after coming over in trade from St. Louis last year, but has only three assists through 19 tilts in 2015-16.
Cole collected his first assist Saturday but remains inconsistent as part of a No. 1 pairing with Kris Letang. Cole has gone from a fifth defenseman last season to part of a top duo and the results haven't been encouraging. He has one point in 14 games with a minus-9 rating. To his credit, Cole does lead Pittsburgh with 41 blocked shots. At some point he'll likely switch places on the depth chart with Olli Maatta -- once the team is convinced Maatta has regained his game.
Cole has zero points and a minus-5 rating in nine games despite skating on the team's first pairing with Kris Letang. The team has used him in a responsible, defensive role but it's surprising that he hasn't chipped in with at least one point. Questions remain as to whether he's suited for a top-line pairing but Pittsburgh has few options. Cole saw the eighth-most power-play time (1:01) among Pittsburgh skaters.
Cole is expected to skate with Kris Letang as part of the top defensive pairing for the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Cole collected a goal and eight points in 20 games after arriving from St. Louis in a deadline deal last spring. If he sticks with Letang then he might offer untapped value while supporting the line of Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz.
Ian Cole has played fairly well during training camp and appears set to serve on the Pens' second defensive unit.
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