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Undersized winger that oozes high-end potential. A devastating finisher who can beat you in any number of ways. Lacks true speed.


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March 2020 – The 5’7 winger was a subject of controversy at last year’s draft when he fell to the Canadiens at 15th despite his historic scoring pace for U.S National Team. This year he continues to prove that what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with his lethal shot. He leads the Wisconsin Badgers in points as a freshman with 36 in 34 games. He is also finished 8th in the nation in goals and tied first amongst all freshman with 19 on the season. Despite the Badgers having a tough season and finishing last in the Big 10 conference, Caufield became the 2nd ever freshman to lead the Big 10 in scoring. The last being Kyle Connor for Michigan in 2015-16. In a recent interview with La Presse Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin said that Caufield is not ready to play a 200-foot game at the NHL level and suggests he stays in the NCAA to play another year. Pablo Ruiz

November 2019 – Scoring twice in each of his first three games for Wisconsin, Caufield has picked up from where he left off last year where he broke the goal scoring record in the US National Development Program. Caufield currently leads the NCAA in goals with eight in seven games played. Jesse Sherman

 

June 2019 – Caufield has been drafted 15th overall by the Canadiens.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Caufield was officially measured at 5-foot-7.25 and 163 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

April 2019 – When things are going right, the world is your oyster. Right now, Cole Caufield is out there shucking ’em and tossing them back at will. He can do no wrong. At the writing of this update, the 5’6 winger has already set a new goal-scoring record for American players at the World U18 tournament with 11 tallies through four games. For reference, the all-time mark is held by Alex Ovechkin when he recorded 14 goals in eight games as a 16-year-old. Caufield has now recorded 69 goals in 61 games this season and has more than solidified his spot as the most lethal finisher in the class. Once considered a likely pick for the back-half of the first round, his play has many talking about a seat at the top-10 table this June. If his skating was high-end, there’d be little reason to keep him out of the top-five conversation. Cam Robinson

 

March 2019 – The US National Team Development’s all-time leading goal scorer is also one of the more divisive prospects for the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The 5’7 right-winger has made a habit of filling the net. His chemistry with Jack Hughes has propelled both players to extraordinary junior heights. This season, the Wisconsin-native has 52 goals in as many games while competing against USHL, NCAA and international opponents. He’s also committed to the University of Wisconsin next season where he should step right into a feature role. Due to his size and the lack of blazing speed, pundits will question his ability to get into the scoring areas at the NHL-level. Others see the best release in the crop and will point to Alex DenBrincat’s immediate success as reasons to gamble on the 18-year-old. This is a player with a top-10 skill set, if he falls due to size, there will be a lucky playoff-bound team waiting to pluck a gem. Let’s see if General Managers are beginning to learn their lesson and prioritize skill over measuring tape results. Cam Robinson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 2, 2001
Height 5‘7”
Weight 163 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 15

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Invitational6 9 918 4|        
 2014-2015 Team Illinois 13U AAAHPHL 13U19 18 927 4|        
 2015-2016 Stevens Point Area HighUSHS-WI23 25 3358 6|Playoffs2 4 26
  Team Wisconsin 14U AAA14U AAA37 23 3154 -|        
 2016-2017 Stevens Point Area HighUSHS-WI22 50 2979 17|Playoffs3 3 58
  Team Royal USA-S153 2 24 -|        
  Team Wisconsin UMHSEHL14 4 26 2|Playoffs3 1 01
 2017-2018 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL32 23 1033 10|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP40 44 1963 2|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP19 10 717 8|        
  USA U17WHC-176 8 513 0|        
  USA U18WJC-187 4 26 0|        
 2018-2019 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL28 29 1241 23|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP64 72 28100 39|        
  USA U18WJC-187 14 418 4|        
 2019-2020 Univ. of WisconsinNCAA36 19 1736 6|        
  USA U20WJC-205 1 12 0|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of WisconsinNCAA- - -- -|        

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