Ian Cole is expecting to become a full-time member of the St. Louis Blues defensive corps in 2012-13.
Cole was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2007 Draft and has split the last two seasons splitting time between St. Louis and the AHL Peoria Rivermen. He has played in 26 NHL games in each of the last two seasons, scoring a goal and four points in 2010-11 and a goal and five assists last season. "They gave me an idea of where I needed to improve and what I have to work on," Cole said. "A lot of it has to do with on-ice skills, skating and being able to have the puck always in a passing position, always ready to move the puck or shoot the puck. A lot of it is things I worked on with (Brad) Shaw, before practice, after practice, even talking on the plane. I did a lot of extra work with Shawsie. As much as it wasn't a lot of fun, because he was kicking my butt a lot, I know and Shawsie knows, and the Blues know, it helped me become a better player as the season went on. "
Fri, Jun 1, 2012 08:24:00 AM