How much trust do you have in Ian Cole?
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07-31-2012, 04:31 PM
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Where have these comments about Petro moving to the left to pair with Shattenkirk 5x5 been? I might've missed them. I guess you'd have to elevate Russell-Polak and play Jackman with Cole on Cole's off side in that event.
JR. His chats, articles and twitter posts, quite a few with quotes directly from Army or Hitch.
I don't think it's fair to say if Cole played with Pietrangelo it's "vastly overachieving."
That's not what I said. I said that he's never been projected as having 1st pairing potential abd I see no reason to think that he'll end up that good. ANYBODY can be placed on the 1st pairing but that doesn't make them 1st pairing caliber. Was Cola a #2 d-man simply because he was on the top pairing? No. Was Brewer a #1 d-man simply because he was the best the Blues had a few years ago? No. IMO, Cole would definitely be overachieving if he actually reached the caliber of a #2 d-man. Him simply being placed on the 1st pairing as a stop-gap move isn't the same thing.
I agree that at Cole's current experience level (52 games and 2 playoff games) you can't count on him to be the top-four/top-pair guy to get you past the second round. I think we can all agree with that.
Actually, I get the impression that at least a couple people actually do think that. Given the poll results so far though, at least most seem to get it at least.
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