Marc Bergevin, the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, and highly touted prospect Cole Caufield were finally able to sit down and officially make Caufield a member of the Canadiens. Cole Caufield was the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NHL entry draft. Since being drafted by the Canadiens, he has spent two years playing collegiate hockey and winning the 2021 World Juniors Championship.
Canadiens fans everywhere should be very excited after their recent transactions. On consecutive days, they traded for Eric Staal and signed what could be their next great franchise player. Despite his small frame, Caufield has used his speed and shot to his advantage to become of the best college hockey players in the NCAA and will hopefully continue his rise into the NHL.
Cole Caufield’s Collegiate Career
The newest Montreal Canadien is just signing now because his focus was on his Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA. During his two seasons at Wisconsin, Cole Caufield has been a pure goal scorer and point producer. In his freshman season, he scored an impressive 19 goals to go along with his 17 assists in 36 games. Being a point per game at any level is very impressive but the future was clearly bright as not many freshmen can produce at such a consistent level.
During his sophomore season, Cole Caufield just kept getting better. This season he played in 31 games for Wisconsin. He scored a ridiculous 30 goals and added 22 more assists for 52 total points. He helped lead them to the Big Ten Championship game as well as the NCAA tournament. This amazing season with the Wisconsin Badgers is probably a big reason why Marc Bergevin realized Caufield was ready for professional hockey.
World Junior Championship Career
In Cole Caufield’s four appearances at the World Junior Championship, he has played for the under-18 teams twice and the under-20 teams twice. 2018 was the first time Caulfield suited up for Team USA at the World Junior Championships. He appeared in seven games and scored four goals to go along with two assists to help Team USA win the silver medal. In 2019, Caufield was named an assistant captain on the team. He definitely was one of the leaders in point production on the team as he scored an astonishing 14 goals and 4 assists in 7 tournament games. Unfortunately, Team USA could not replicate the same level of success as the previous year but they were still able to capture the Bronze medal.
In 2020, Caufield aged out of the under-18 USA team but he now found a spot on the under-20 team. In his first under-20 tournament, the USA played just five games as they disappointed and were not able to qualify for the medal rounds. By Cole Caufield’s standards, he had a disappointing tournament as he only scored a single goal and a single assist. Fueled by revenge, Caufield helped lead Team USA to a gold medal win in 2021. He played in all seven games scoring two goals and three assists for five total points.
The Montreal Canadiens certainly look like they have found himself a gem in the 2019 NHL draft. Since being drafted 15th overall, Caufield has accomplished some amazing feats such as being a point-per-game player for the Wisconsin Badgers during his sophomore season, participating in two World Junior Championships, and helping Team USA win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in 2021.
After completing his mandatory quarantine, Cole Caufield will be an important player for the Montreal Canadiens or their AHL affiliate Laval Rockets. Habs fans around the world should be excited about the thought of Cole Caufield joining the organization and making a major impact on the team very soon.
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