Montreal Canadiens: Cole Caufield Continues to Step Up at 20
Cole Caufield is only 20-years-old and he is also only a rookie for the Montreal Canadiens. Caufield assisted on Tyler Toffoli‘s game-winning goal for Montreal just 1:39 into overtime to sweep the Winnipeg Jets out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final in that game was 3-2 and Nick Suzuki also assisted on the goal.
Cole Caufield was the 15th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2019 NHL Draft. He was playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin before playing for the Montreal Canadiens.
The offense has more juice in the lineup when Cole Caufield plays compared to when he doesn’t. For some odd reason, Caufield didn’t play for Montreal in the first couple of games in the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The offense looked more different immediately. It isn’t the greatest offense to ever exist, but it is doing enough work to help out goalie Carey Price for now.
When Montreal was trailing 3-1 in the last series, Cole Caufield scored a game-winning goal in Game 5 in overtime and that is what has jump started this hockey team.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end, J.J. Watt, is a big fan of his considering he played college football at the University of Wisconsin here as well.
Cole Caufield is the heartbeat of this offensive core for the Montreal Canadiens. His spark has really ignited this hockey team and also the Montreal Canadiens community.
The future is bright for this hockey team even if they don’t win the Stanley Cup this season. General manager Marc Bergevin drafted him and he was pumped after the win last night.
Cole Caufield has played in nine games so far this postseason for the Montreal Canadiens. He has yet to score a goal, but Caufield has recorded four assists. His plus/minus is -1. In 10 games during the regular season, Cole Caufield scored four goals and recorded one assist. His plus/minus was -1.
The future core of Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi is looking bright for the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal could be a confusing team to figure out at various times.
Montreal only finished the season with a 24-21-11 record with 59 points and in fourth place in the North Division (All Canadian Division), but they are in the NHL semifinals.
The Montreal Canadiens have made it this far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. Montreal lost in six games to the New York Rangers. The Canadiens will face the winner of the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche series.
The Montreal Canadiens last won the Stanley Cup Title in 1993 against the Los Angeles Kings in five games. That was also the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup Title here as well. As long as Cole Caufield has his skating legs and they continue to play well, they have a chance to win the whole thing.
Dominque Ducharme is doing a great job coaching this young team, especially players like Cole Caufield. He took over for Claude Julien as the head coach earlier in the season.
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