2004-05: Playing in 60 games for the Victory Honda Midget Major (Michigan), Ian Cole notched 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists).
2005-06: Cole, a native of Ann Arbor got the chance to play in his hometown for the U-17 team where in 70 games he notched 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and 103 PIM. The 6’1, 211 lb defenseman also appeared in one game for the U-18 team, but was kept pointless. Cole also recorded one assist in seven games for the silver medal winning USA squad at the 2006 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.
2006-07: Cole showed a lot of growth as he joined the U-18 team permanently. In 49 games, Cole totaled 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) and 57 PIM. Two of his four goals came on the power play. He finished in the top three amongst NTDP defenseman in goals, assists, and points. Cole also played strong against NCAA opposition. In 23 games, Cole recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) and 27 PIM. One of his goals was on the power play. Heading into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, NHL Central Scouting has Cole ranked as the 81st overall player, an improvement over his mid-term ranking of 113. Cole was chosen in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.
2007-08: This was Cole’s freshman season with the University of Notre Dame (CCHA). The defenseman appeared in 43 games with the club, registering eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. His eight goals led all Irish defenseman. He had four power-play goals and two game-winners. He was selected CCHA Rookie of the Month for March and April. His first collegiate goal came on Nov. 23 vs. Alabama-Huntsville. He missed four games with playing for the U.S. Junior National Team (12/26 – 1/5). He scored the game-winner on the power play against Ferris State, sending the Irish to Detroit and the CCHA semifinals. He had four goals and three assists in nine postseason games. He was one of four Notre Dame defensemen with ties to the United States National Team Development Program, joining Kyle Lawson, Teddy Ruth and Sean Lorenz as USNTDP alums.
2008-09: As a sophomore at Notre Dame, Cole played in 38 games with 6 goals, 20 assists for 26 points. Both his goal and point totals led the team’s blueliners. He also earned a team-leading 58 PIMs.
2009-10: Cole appeared in 30 games with the Irish during his junior season. He scored 3 goals and 16 assists for 19 points. His 55 PIMs were tied for the team lead. Cole opted to forego his senior season at Notre Dame and signed with the Blues in March, 2010. He had a strong showing in his first taste of pro hockey with 1 goal and 4 assists in 9 games with Peoria in the AHL.
2010-11: Cole made his NHL debut with the Blues in November 2010 and appeared in 26 games for St. Louis during four separate call-ups. Cole joined the Blues for good on March 5th and averaged over 20 minutes of ice-time per game in St. Louis’ final 13 games. He finished the year with 1 goal and 3 assists and was +6 with 35 PMs for the Blues. Cole skated in 44 games for the Blues’ AHL affiliate Peoria and scored 5 goals with 10 assists. He was +2 for the Rivermen with 63 PMs.
2011-12: Cole once again shuttled between St. Louis and Peoria in his second pro season. After opening the season in the AHL, he was re-called by the Blues in November and played in ten games before being sent back down. After going back-and-forth for the rest of the season he was with St. Louis for the playoffs. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-seven with 22 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Blues. He appeared in two playoff games and was minus-one with no points or penalty minutes. Cole skated in 22 games for Peoria and was minus-eight; scoring 1 goal with 3 assists and 26 penalty minutes. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.
Cole is a puck moving, two-way defenseman that can play in all situations. He can carry the puck very well up the ice, makes a good outlet pass and isn't afraid to jump up into the offensive play. The solidly built blueliner has the physicality down low, plays big shutdown minutes and on both specialty team units. He has the potential to be a top four defenseman with offensive upside at the NHL level.
Cole was dealt by the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Robert Bortuzzo and a draft pick .