Fans expecting big numbers from Cole are not on the same wavelength as Gauthier and co. They didn't sign him expecting a big time sniper, they wanted a player that could(like Pacioretty after his return from AHL) complement the skill guys in the top 6, to create room for them and be a strong forechecker. Another benefit is it frees up a guy like AK to provide awesome depth on the 3rd line with guys like Eller, Desharnais and Darche against weaker opposition.
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 over4 x 20 goals scorers and/or over6 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.
Factoring in 10% injury time all players, I'm still seeing 230 goals this year. And I'm being quite conservative.
And 200 against is a good assumption if CP stays healthy most of the season.
A 30 goal differential is quite possible, and should be good for 100 points. Top 5 conference.
I stand by my prediction, and if I am wrong, you can all line up poke me in the eye one time.