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10-09-2011, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by TroyM View Post
For any foolish posters whining about Cole's ice time, the guy is fifth for forwards in even strength ice time. And even strength is his bread and butter. As long as he is getting top 6 even strength ice time, I don't know what people are complaining about, but then again, this is Montreal. The power-play will work itself out, and he could certainly get more time there in the future, but Carolina fans seem unanimous in agreement that it isnt his thing. And he aint a PKer, so no need to whine about Cole's usage, certainly not yet.
You see he's not really top 6 in strength time. Even with Cammalleri's injury: Gomez, Plekanec, Gionta, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Kostitsyn all had as much if not more even strength ice and significantly more total icetime. He never averaged 14 minutes/game in any of his successful seasons. If you look at his icetime in his good seasons and bad seasons you'll notice he's best when playing 18+ (like he was in preseason). He played 9 more even strength seconds than Moen too. His icetime is definitely closer to being a 3rd liner than a top 6 forward.

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