Ian Cole D PIT 2 weeks ago

Cole extended his assist streak to five games Tuesday night against the Senators.

The defenseman has scored one goal and six assists in his last seven contests. There's no reason to think he'll cool off, especially with Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff out of the lineup. The Pens used him on their top PP unit after Derrick Pouliot left Tuesday's tilt, another sign of his increased role.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 weeks ago

Cole tallied two assists against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, giving him five points (1G, 4A) in his last five games.

With Kris Letang (concussion) sidelined, Cole represents Pittsburgh's best offensive threat from the blue line right now. He's worth a waiver grab over the last week of the regular season.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 weeks ago

Cole picked up an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Flyers.

Cole has recorded a point in three of his last four games with the Penguins, but it's probably not worthwhile to put much stock into that production. Prior to the minor spurt, Cole has supplied only four goals and six assists across 65 games, and didn't post especially notable numbers in the non-scoring categories to augment his fantasy value. He's best left sitting on the waiver wire.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 months ago

Cole was traded to the Penguins on Monday in exchange for defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.

Cole has functioned mostly as a third-pairing defenseman for the Blues all season, producing four goals, nine points, and a plus-16 rating over 54 games. A similar role likely awaits for him on the Penguins, where he'll likely rotate in and out of the lineup with the likes of Simon Despres and Robert Scuderi.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 months ago

Cole (upper body) will play Saturday against the Oilers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Cole missed Thursday's game against the Jets while battling a minor injury that had plagued him over the last few days. It appears that the day out of the lineup was all Cole needed to heal up, so he'll draw back in for Chris Butler, who heads to the press box as a healthy scratch.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 months ago

Cole (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Per the report, Cole -- who has notched points in two of his last three games -- has been playing through a minor upper-body injury of late. Consider him day-to-day as Saturday's game against the Oilers approaches.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 months ago

Cole picked up his fourth goal of the season Saturday in a 4-2 loss to the Penguins. He scored on his only shot of the game and was plus-1 with two PIM and one hit.This goal sets a new career-high for Cole, which is as good an indication as any that he is a defensive specialist. The consecutive games with points is a nice bonus, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 months ago

Cole picked up an assist Friday in a win over the Bruins. He was plus-2, had two PIM, and added a hit.Cole has just seven points on the season, but his plus-16 rating is helping fantasy owners in deep leagues that count plus/minus.

Ian Cole D PIT 2 months ago

Cole provided an assist in Thursday's win over the Lightning.Locked into a third-pairing role for the Blues and tasked primarily with shutting down the opposition, Cole doesn't often see much involvement on the Blues' attack. He's managed only six points in 47 games this season.

Ian Cole D PIT 4 months ago

Cole found twine while skating to a plus-2 and fired three shots on net in Monday's 4-2 win over the visiting Panthers.

Cole only has three goals and four total points on the season, but they've all come in the last six games. His 21 PIM, 33 SOG and plus-8 on the season would certainly make him a potential fantasy asset should he be able to maintain some level of the offensive production he's flashed over the last 10 days, but the likelihood of that happening is probably slim at this point. In 140 games, the fifth-year NHLer now has 26 points.