The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Cole, 26, has played in 54 games with the Blues this season, notching nine points (4G-5A) and posting a plus-16. His plus-16 ranked third on St. Louis and second among team blueliners. Only Paul Martin (+20) has a higher total among Penguins players.
Last season the 6-foot-1, 219-pound blueliner established career highs with eight assists and 11 points with a plus-15 in 46 games during his first full NHL season with the Blues.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round (18th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. Cole has 31 points (9G-22A) and is plus-40 in 167 career regular-season games. He suited up for two NHL playoff games with the Blues in 2011-12.
Cole played three seasons of college hockey at Notre Dame, where he was named a NCAA West All-American in 2009, becoming the first Fighting Irish player in 10 years to earn that distinction.
Cole played two years in the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) from 2005-07. He helped the Americans win a silver medal at the 2007 World Under-18 Championship. Cole was voted one of the United States’ ‘Top-Three Players’ at the tournament after leading all blueliners with four goals.
Cole suited up for the United States at the 2008 and ’09 World Junior Championships.