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08-22-2011, 01:01 PM
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I had reservations when this signing was made and that article hasn't dispelled any of them.
If Habs fans think that Cole is going to be an immense improvement over Andrei on that line
, I think they'll be disappointed. Cole is a nice complementary player and so is Andrei.
But I hope I'm wrong and Cole lights it up.
Because you want to define him that way.
Cole is added depth to our top 9. And it's this addition coupled with a few young players rising that will make Cole a good signing.
We have 7 players in Plex, Cam, Gio, Gomez, AK, Markov and Subban who are all good for at least 40 points on a full season.
But now, you can add Cole, and three young players in Pac, Eller or DD, which at least one of them should reach 40 on a full season.
So our range is at least 7 players at 40 points and that's a very reserved scenario. Habs could very well finish with 9 of them.
Good offense doesn't just come from high-end talent, it can also come from deep talente depth offense.
Cole also adds a potential 20 goal scorer, which gives us 5 guys who are all good for at least 20 goals in a full season, and at least one of the four young players in Pac, Subban, Eller and DD, could reach 20 goals.
Since the lockout, teams that have
x 20 goals scorers and/or
x 40 points producers, are usually a lock for the playoffs and have an offense at least a little over 3 GPG.
If Habs finish with 5 x 20+ goal scorers and 8 x 40+ point producers, you can bet they'll be in the top 5 in the east. And it is a likely scenario, unless we get an overload of injuries, worst than last season.
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