Prospect Ramblings: Cole Caufield Takes his Next Steps

Michael Kosciesza

2021-03-31

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By Michael Kosciesza

 

Cole Caufield, the likely Hobey Baker winner, put up 30 goals in 31 games with 52 points for the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Div 1 this season. This was not Caufield’s coming out party as he was already touted as a gifted goal scorer when he broke not only Auston Matthews’ single-season USNTDP record of 55 goals, with 72 but also Phil Kessel’s career mark of 104, with 126. They don’t call him “Goal Caufield” for nothing. Now, this prospect isn’t one-dimensional and his playmaking game is impressive as well. He proved any doubters who said his 72 goals were inflated from playing alongside the likes of gifted playmakers such as Jack Hughes and Trevor Zegras on the greatest USNTDP team of all time. This is not to say Caufield’s Wisconsin team was not talent-packed, he played a lot of his time alongside another top prospect, Dylan Holloway. Like all good players do they both took their game to new heights together this season despite an early exit from the NCAA tournament. The early exit however is much to the excitement of Habs fans everywhere as Caufield was signed to an ELC almost instantly and will be joining the Laval Rocket as soon as his quarantine (and homework binge) is over. 

 

 

So what can we expect when he gets there? (I’m glad I asked). 

 

Lighting up the NCAA at 5’7 is going to draw comparisons to another short king who took the NCAA by storm and gained himself a nickname that still sticks with him today. From Boston Cawlidge, Jawney Hawckey.