Ian Cole

#28 D / Pittsburgh Penguins / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 219 lb Age: 26 College: Notre Dame

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  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Penguins' Ian Cole: Could get another chance

    Cole could return to the lineup Friday if Trevor Daley (undisclosed) is unable to play. Friday could give Cole, who has served as a healthy scratch in recent action, the opportunity to once again prove himself. The organization has lost faith in his abilities, which makes sense, given that the blueliner has only four points (all assists) and a minus-17 rating in 45 games.

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    Penguins' Ian Cole: Back in Saturday

    Cole, who left Thursday's game early with a suspected head injury, will play against Islanders on Saturday. Cole said that he passed the concussion protocol and is ready to go. The defender has only four points -- all assists -- in 36 games after registering eight points in 20 games for Pittsburgh last season.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Penguins' Ian Cole: Good to go Saturday

    Cole, who left Thursday's game early, took part in Friday's practice and is healthy enough to play Saturday against the Islanders. The question remains whether he'll serve as a healthy scratch, but at least he's not hurt. Cole has been a flop in his first full season in Pittsburgh, tallying four assists in 36 games.

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    Penguins' Ian Cole: Watches from press box Saturday

    Cole served as a healthy scratch Saturday against Carolina. Previously, the defender had skated in the Penguins' first 33 games. Noted as an offensive contributor, Cole totaled only four points in those games. Adam Clendening replaced him on the blue line, though his status might be in jeopardy after he committed a holding infraction which led to a Carolina score.

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    Penguins' Ian Cole: Assists in 4-3 win

    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.

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    Penguins' Ian Cole: Cole's struggles with consistency

    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.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Penguins' Ian Cole: Not contributing offensively

    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.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Ian Cole Expected to pair with Kris Letang

    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.

  • Could surprise as a sleeper candidate for 2015-16

    News: Ian Cole has played fairly well during training camp and appears set to serve on the Pens' second defensive unit.
    Analysis: Pittsburgh's defensive corps has had more than its share of problems during the preseason but Ian Cole has performed as expected after signing a three-year deal in the summer. He's a fantasy sleeper who scored eight points in 20 games last year following a trade from St. Louis. Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot are all likely ahead of Cole in the power-play pecking order, but Letang is prone to injury and Pouliot may not even make the team.
  • Pens Ink Cole To Three-Year Deal

    News: Ian Cole re-signed Monday with the Penguins to a three-year, $6.3 million contract, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: The Penguins' acquisition of Ian Cole on March 2 was one of quieter moves of trade deadline day, but it proved to be a vital one for Pittsburgh. With the team down several key defensemen due to injury late in the season, Cole came through in a big way, accruing seven points in a seven-game stretch from March 26 through April 7. The Pens' blue-line ranks should be healthier heading into 2015-16, but Cole likely solidified himself as a regular member of the team's second or third pairing due to his play.
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