Cole loves the direction of the Avalanche and sees them as perennial playoff performers

DENVER, CO – When Ian Cole was considering his options in free agency, the defenseman liked what he saw in the Colorado Avalanche: speed, youth and most of all, potential.

Cole, who signed a three-year contract with the Avalanche on July 1, said those three factors mean Colorado’s return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season is just the start for this group.

“I love the playoffs; gotten a taste of that just about every year I’ve been a pro. And that team in Colorado, we could certainly be in that situation every single year,” Cole, 29, said at the Chicago Charity Classic on Saturday. “For the most part, they have a fantastic young core of players. High speed, high skill level. Certainly, in my mind, they’re on an upward trend of getting better. It was a situation that I really thought that I could thrive in, help with, and hopefully help win games.”