Montreal Canadiens: Cole Caufield Up For Conference Player of the Year

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 21: Cole Caufield (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 21: Cole Caufield (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) /
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Montreal Canadiens top prospect Cole Caufield has already had an incredible season for the Wisconsin Badgers, but the accolades are about to start pouring in.

Caufield led the entire country in regular season scoring with 25 goals, nine more than anyone else, and 46 points which was two more than the next highest scorer.

The Badgers finished first in the Big Ten Conference standings, thanks to Caufield’s offensive heroics leading the way.

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He has a chance to carry them much further in the coming weeks as the Big Ten playoffs begin on Sunday and the Badgers have earned a bye into the semifinals which will be played on Monday. The two winners that day will play in the final on Tuesday. No matter how far Wisconsin makes it in the conference tournament, they are sure to be among the 16 teams in the bracket that will face off for a chance at a national title.

It remains to be seen how far the Badgers will make it in the playoffs, but Caufield’s regular season play is garnering some award attention.

The Canadiens first round pick in 2019, Caufield was named a finalist for the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year Award.

Fellow nominees are Cam York, a defenceman for the Michigan Wolverines who was selected one place before Caufield in the NHL Draft. The third nominee is Minnesota goaltender Jack Lafontaine who had an 18-6-0 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Caufield clearly got the better of Lafontaine in head to head matchups. The Habs prospect scored four goals and seven points in four games against the conference’s top goaltender.

The winner of the award will be announced on March 16, shortly before the championship game is played in the Big Ten Conference playoffs.

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This won’t be the only award Caufield is nominated for this season as he has a really strong chance of winning the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in all of college hockey this season.