Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cole Done, Even For Playoffs

Well, assuming that the Detroit Red Wings make the playoffs, they will go in with their key acquisition for a long playoff run, the added scoring of Erik Cole will be on the shelf. It was announced on Wednesday that Cole would be sitting out for the remainder of the regular season and the entire playoffs, due to a spinal contusion.

Cole hadn't played a game since March 24th, when he was announced to have an upper-body injury and out on a day-to-day basis, but obviously, there was something more to the injury, something that made the team and their doctors take a longer look at the situation.

Cole joined the Red Wings at the deadline and had been decent in his time with the club, scoring 3 goals and 6 points in 11 games since the deadline. Overall in the season, he has 21 goals and 39 points in 68 games between Dallas and Detroit, which unofficially ranks him 180th overall in pool scoring.

Since he ranks so high in scoring, it does come as somewhat of a surprise that he wasn't active in the draft pool until the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft, where Stacey C. had taken him.  Stacey managed to pick up 14 points from Cole before the injury, but his team saw absolutely no improvement with his acquisition, occupying the 14th spot at the end of Week Eighteen until now.

Cole was tapped for the Playoff Pool, down for Box 17, the 4th forward spot for the Red Wings, but since he is injured, I cannot advise against taking him enough.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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