While Cotter has shown to be a reliable cog on the forecheck, he’s also shown he can score goals. Just take his 13 goals in his rookie season last year. It’s a sign that he can be a trustworthy piece on both ends of the ice.
This season, he’s grown his presence to the power play, where he already has two power play goals. Vegas has needed help on the power play for a while now. Seeing the center help the cause makes matters much easier for the Golden Knights.
However, there are some things that Cotter can improve upon. First, he can stand to be more effective as a player. His relative Corsi at even strength was -5.7 last season, while his current statline is -6.2.
Compare that to Eichel’s relative Corsi at even strength of 8.5 from last season and his 8.2 this year. Now look at Mark Stone’s metrics, where his relative Corsi at even strength was 10.4 last season and his current line is 8.9. Some work needs to be done on this front.
A part of Paul Cotter’s development stems from being able to take better shots. It’s going to take some time for him to develop. But judging from his 13 goals in his rookie season, he’s heading on the right path.