While he has looked the most out of place, he is also the only top-9 forward we have that has yet to play in a JM system until this season and who has not played with the other 8 players before. Martin's line-changing isn't helping either as, whether they play well or not, you get bumped up and down the line-up for the purpose of balanced lines. On top of that, every player on this hockey team not named Travis Moen seems to be slumping right now and no one really looks good. Cole is to blame for his play thus far, but so are many other things. For now, let's keep the 'I told you so' posts in our back pockets for now and see what happens. It's been a long seven games but it's only been seven games.
Fine. Let's revisit this after 27 games (1/3 of a regular season).
What's up with Cole? What's up with polls taken after 8 games?
There's nothing wrong with Cole, he's contributing and wil be fine. With the early success of the team playing minutes are being redistributed more evenly across lines. Inevitably Therien will need to shorten the bench in certain circumstances and Cole will get more in line with his career averages. If he doesn't it means other players are playing well and that's a good thing too.