Originally Posted by Mike
Not to poop on the parade because Cote certainly had a memorable night in registering the helper and with the Bolts out-attempting the Predators 16 to 1 (all at even-strength) with him on the ice -- he certainly looked clued-in with his positioning and sharp with his decision-making with and without the puck -- but, though his skating may be improved, Cote's lack of speed and mobility was much more evident than it is watching him against AHLers. Against a not-so-dynamic offensive corps such as the Predators have, Cote was able to avoid becoming a liability but the play was heavily tilted towards Nashville's end while he skated. It'll be interesting to see how he holds up against a more competent attack.
Agreed. I'm hoping he can hold his own in limited minutes and become a poor man's Pratt-esque option as a #7, stepping in when an injury hits and / or Barberio goes full inferno.
Looking forward to possible postseason implications, I remember hearing that Barberio REALLY shriveled when he was targeted physically in the AHL playoffs. I'd have more confidence in Cote (assuming the above holds and he proves serviceable) than him if an injury forces you to plug someone in against a physical team like Boston.