At the 2019 annual draft, the captain of the Tricolore Shea Weber reveals to Quebecers their next darling. Cole Caufield, the small five-foot-seven forward, was drafted 15th overall. The University of Wisconsin student has a shot that has been compared to the Czar Alexander Ovechkin. Caufield was coming off a 72-goal, 100-point season and Trevor Timmins couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go after the much-anticipated sniper.
Caufield served on the U.S. development team, as did Jack Eichel and Jack Hughes. He played his best season with Hughes with a 72-goal season! He then headed to the University of Wisconsin to continue his studies. In his first university season, Caufield managed to put the puck behind the red line 19 times in the 39 games he played. He was the leader in scoring points for rookies in the whole NCAA.
The Canadien’s prospect also had an acceptable performance at the world junior tournament with a five-point haul in seven games. Caufield wowed Montreal hockey fans with a beautiful backhand shot that ended up in the top half of the net, during the U.S. game against Finland.
The young right wing mini format will fit perfectly with the quick and sharp formation of the Tricolore. Caufield will most certainly be on the same trio as Nick Suzuki, who has demonstrated passing skills rarely seen in Montreal before. With Suzuki, Caufield, Kotkaniemi, Romanov and many others, the future of the Montreal Canadiens is bright, very bright.
Translated by Michel-Alexandre Broekaert