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07-31-2012, 08:50 PM
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I feel bad for this kid. It's tough to get a decent read on him when he hardly plays.

I wouldn't be at all opposed to pushing him to second pairing duties and observe how he handles the minutes. I'd rather see Russel add a puck moving element to the bottom pairing than to see Cole toil there without much direction. He's physical enough to be a difference maker on D but like most prospects, he lacks poise and discipline.

I think if they don't resign Coliaccovo and don't get a top 4 LHD I'd rather see Cole up with Petro than anyone else. I don't want to see Coliaccovo back if he's playing top minutes, but I'm also not rigid. They have a group of forwards that, theoretically anyway, could allow them a healthy amount of experimentation early in the season on D.

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