Montreal Canadiens: Cole Caufield to Start Pro Career With Laval Rocket

EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: Cole CAUFIELD #13 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: Cole CAUFIELD #13 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Montreal Canadiens star prospect Cole Caufield is going to be a Laval Rocket.

The Habs first round pick from the 2019 NHL Draft has dominated college hockey for the past two seasons and is now ready to take the next step in his hockey career.

The 20 year old made that official when he signed his entry-level contract with the Canadiens last night. This put an end to his college career and made him a pro.

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The only question left at that point was whether or not Caufield would head straight to the Montreal Canadiens lineup or if he would detour to the Laval Rocket first. Well, we know he will sit in a hotel room and quarantine for seven days first, but after that, would he go to Montreal or Laval?

That question was answered pretty quick as reporters and then the Laval Rocket twitter page announced that Caufield was bound for Laval.

It’s uncertain how quickly Caufield will be able to get to Laval to begin his quarantine, but once he arrives it will be a seven day wait. This seems kind of pointless since he already had Covid-19 in the summer, but it would probably look bad if he was allowed to just jump into the lineup because he tested positive months ago.

If Caufield were able to travel to Laval tomorrow, he still wouldn’t be done his quarantine in time to play April 4th against the Stockton Heat. That means the earliest we could possibly see him in the Rocket lineup is April 6th at the Bell Centre, which is also a game against the Heat. To be ready for that game, Caufield would likely have to travel tomorrow so he could practice with the team next Monday, April 5th and possibly play on the 6th.

The Rocket are off on the 7th and 8th before traveling to Toronto to play the Marlies on Friday, April 9th and Saturday April 10th. This is probably where we see Caufield for the first time.

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The timing isn’t the best, as the Rocket are only scheduled to play four games from April 9th to April 30th. However, Caufield doesn’t have to stay in Laval all month long. For now, we just know he is going to start there.