Defenseman J.P. Cote has quietly surfaced with a five-game point streak for the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Syracuse Crunch. He extended that to five consecutive games Saturday night with a helper on Nikita Kucherov goal in the team’s shootout loss to the Albany Devils. Cote’s point streak is the longest of his Crunch career and he is now tied for fourth on the team in assists.
Cote, 31, was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 265th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Prior to joining the Tampa Bay Lightning training camp in September, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Cote had played professionally with the Montreal Canadiens and participated in training camp for the Colorado Avalanche.
Following a stint of free agency, he then played with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins until his eventual signing with the Norfolk Admirals in 2011. At the conclusion of the Norfolk Admirals affiliation with Tampa Bay, Cote signed with the Bolts new AHL affiliate, the Crunch.
Since beginning the 2013-14 season with Syracuse, Cote has collected seven points in eleven games and is encroaching on tying for fourth on the team in points, following Tampa Bay’s recall of forward J.T. Brown on November 12. In Brown’s absence, Cote will look to extend his point streak and make moves against upcoming opponents, the Bulldogs and Binghampton Senators.