Cole Ully
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Cole Ully

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-02-20

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (131st overall), 2013

Weight:

164 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Cole Ully played for the Calgary Bronks bantam AAA team. He had 64 points in 32 games for the Bronks and was selected by Kamloops in the second round (30th overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: Ully made his WHL debut, appearing in a February game with Kamloops three days after his 16th birthday, and was the second-leading scorer for the Calgary Flames midget AAA team. Ully had an assist in his only game with the Blazers. He scored 17 goals with 17 assists in 32 games for the Flames and had 20 penalty minutes. He was scoreless in two playoff games. Ully played for Team Alberta in the Canada Winter Games. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 26 penalty minutes in six games as Team Alberta won a bronze medal.

2011-12:Ully skated in 55 of 72 games for Kamloops in his first WHL season. He scored 9 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 2 penalty minutes playing for one of the league’s top teams. The Blazers finished first in the B.C. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Ully played in 6 of 11 playoff games, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist, and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Ully was Kamloops’ fifth-leading scorer in his second season. He played 62 games for the Blazers, missing all but two games in December after suffering a concussion. He scored 22 goals with 28 assists and was +27 with 37 penalty minutes. Kamloops finished second in the B.C. Division before advancing to the West Conference finals. Ully scored 1 goal with 7 assists, skating in all 15 playoff games, and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. He was ranked 92nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Dallas in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Ully skated in the Dallas training camp before returning to Kamloops for his third WHL season. Skating in 69 of 72 games for the last-place Blazers, he was the team’s leading scorer with 30 goals and 42 assists and was minus-7 with 34 penalty minutes; scoring eight goals on the power play. Kamloops had the league’s second-worst record — winning just 14 games. 

2014-15: Ully competed in his second Traverse City rookie tournament and attended training camp with the Stars before returning to Kamloops for his fourth WHL season. The Blazers’ leading scorer, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas in December 2014 and made his pro hockey debut with the Texas Stars following the WHL season. Ully had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in two regular season games but did not skate in any playoff games in the Stars’ three game series with Rockford. He scored 34 goals with 60 assists and was +24 with 32 penalty minutes in 69 games for Kamloops. The Blazers missed the playoffs, finishing fourth in the B.C. Division.

Talent Analysis

Ully is stronger than his lack of stature would suggest. Moreover, while he is not overly fast he is is a slick player who can bob and weave artfully. Ully’s puck poise and vision while seemingly gliding is reminiscent of a young Nicklas Backstrom. He rates high on technical skill and has the hockey sense to put it to good use. If size does not prevent him from handling the puck at the professional level he could be an effective playmaker.

Future

Ully is steadily making the adjustment from junior to pro hockey in 2015-16 — skating for the AHL's Texas Stars after spending time in the ECHL with Idaho. Struggling to find ice time early in the year, he has begun to carve a niche for himself in the Texas lineup in his first pro season. Ully lacks the prototypical size of an NHL forward but his skating, combativeness and hockey instincts suggest he may have potential as a lower line forward capable of chipping in on the scoresheet.

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