This is the 15th post in my three paragraph player reviews series. You can read what I’ve previously had to say about Eric Neilson (who has been re-signed!), Cedric Paquette, and Mike Angelidis by visiting those links, as I won’t be doing any of these “reviews” for them.
Previous players reviewed in this series:
Adam Erne | Artem Sergeev | Brett Connolly | Dmitry Korobov | Henri Ikonen | Joel Vermin | Jonathan Marchessault | Luke Witkowski | Nikita Nesterov | Tanner Richard | Vladislav Namestnikov | Yanni Gourde | Dalton Smith | Drew Olson | Evan Rankin | Geoff Walker
I’ll admit, I was really surprised that defenseman JP Cote only played in 33 games with Syracuse this year, but I guess considering his month-long call up and the knee injury he suffered not long after his return, it makes sense. And, suddenly, a lot more other things makes sense, too. If I was on Twitter right now, I’d be hashtagging #bluelineproblems. Because, damn.
This hard working, physical defenseman is still very much an asset to the Crunch, and he’ll be with us for at least another season. Cote was signed to a two-year, two-way contact in the middle of the 2013-2014 season because the Lightning was that impressed with his play, thus enabling Tampa Bay to recall him. He spent 19 games up with the Lightning, where he made himself many fans because of his heart, his hugs*, and his hard-nosed style.
Cote is an irreplaceable vet, both on the blue line and in the locker room in general. He’s been in the Lightning system for three years, and is one of the few players left in Syracuse who both won the Calder Cup with Norfolk in 2012 and went to the Calder Cup finals with the Crunch in 2013. He knows the Lightning’s expectations for their farm team and absolutely knows how to win at this level. It will only be a boon to the Crunch if we have him healthy and in Syracuse for a good majority of next season.