Ian  Cole
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Ian Cole

Hometown:

Ann Arbor Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (18th overall), 2007

Weight:

220 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

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.

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.

 

Talent Analysis

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.


 

Future

Cole will start his third season at the AHL level but is very likely to be assigned to the Blues when or if the NHL lockout is settled. The puck moving defender has to show the St. Louis organization that he's ready to make the jump up to the NHL by getting out to a good start in Peoria.

 

Skill and toughness dominate St. Louis Blues prospect awards

by Brad Gardner
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Photo: After splitting the past two seasons between the AHL and NHL, defenseman Ian Cole appears ready for full-time NHL duties. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

 

After a second place finish in the Western Conference during the 2011-12 season, the hope and promise surrounding the Blues organization is more immediate than ever. That said there were still plenty of notable performances from the prospect ranks within the St. Louis pipeline and even more promise on the horizon. In the inaugural edition of the St. Louis Blues prospect awards, Hockey's Future takes a look at some of these performances. The winner for each category was determined by the writer with assistance from the HF staff.

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