The promising Montreal Canadiens: Top 5 players under 22 years-old

(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Jun 21, 2019; Cole Caufield Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Jun 21, 2019; Cole Caufield Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 28: Alexander Romanov Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 28: Alexander Romanov Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

4-Alexander Romanov

Alexander Romanov is a 21-year-old Russian playing on the third line with Brett Kulak for Montreal. After spending years in the KHL, Romanov came to Montreal and signed his 3-year rookie contract starting this season. Drafted in the second round in 2018, Romanov has proved that he is an excellent player for Montreal, with his confidence and poise. He is not afraid to make risky moves on the ice and he always fixes his mistakes.

Romanov helped lead Team Russia in the 2020 World Junior to the gold medal game, with 1 goal and 5 assists in 7 games. He ended up winning the silver medal.

Romanov has a great offensive side and he’s not afraid to play hard. He plays in the second power-play line with the Habs and he proved to be an excellent choice. The 21-year-old is a great skater with a great slapshot,  which he isn’t afraid to use on the power-play. Alexander Romanov is an overall great young player who could potentially be the next Andrei Markov for Montreal.

3-Cole Caufield

In the 2019 draft, the Montreal Canadiens have selected possibly one the biggest steal of the entire draft, with forward Cole Caufield at the 15th selection. Caufield had a total of 72 goals and 28 assists in 64 games with the U.S. National Development team program in 2018-2012, marking a new record for most goals scored in this program. He passed players like Patrick Kane, Auston Mattews, Jack Eichel, and Phil Kessel.

Caufield recently won the gold medal with Team USA in the 2021 World Juniors. He scored 2 goals and had 3 assists in 5 games.

Many teams passed Caufield in the draft, because of his height (5’7) but this player is an elite goal-scorer with great hands, a kind of player that Montreal could definitely use. Not only is Cole able to score goals with his shot, but he also possesses really good hand-skills. His skating has gotten much better since he was drafted and he now leads his Wisconsin team with 24 points in 17 games.