Montreal Canadiens: How Cole Caufield Brings a New Energy

Montreal Canadiens, Cole Caufield (Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)
Montreal Canadiens, Cole Caufield (Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) /

When the Montreal Canadiens called Cole Caufield up to the taxi squad, many fans were ecstatic to see him play in his first NHL game. Caufield was expected to contribute a lot of goals for the Habs after a strong season in Wisconsin and a promising start to his professional career with the Laval Rocket. Caufield brought not only goals, but also a lot of speed, youth, and new positive energy.

After scoring three goals in two games with Laval, Caufield was called up by the Canadiens to fill the many voids in the taxi squad and with the club, after Gallagher, Tatar, and Byron were injured and Jonathan Drouin left the team for personal reasons. We saw a lot of videos of Caufield smiling while playing against Primeau at practice

Caufield’s optimistic energy drew a lot of attention and must have been embraced by the team since the Canadiens have a record of four wins and two-loss in six games since he joined the lineup. Playing with Jake Evans and Artturi Lehkonen in the last few games, the trio had great moments on the ice with many opportunities to score. Caufield’s addition not only stimulates the team but the Canadiens are also tied for third place in the North Division with the Winnipeg Jets.

Dominique Ducharme played with his lines during the morning practice last Tuesday. Caufield was playing on the first line with Phillip Danault and Josh Anderson. Cole Caufield’s overtime goal must have been a good reason for Ducharme to put the rookie on the first line.

Cole Caufield’s teammates have nothing but good things to say about him. During his Tuesday press conference, Jake Allen talked about the young player. ”He’s a good player, he’s a good kid and he has a bright future. He’s a star in the making in hockey and scoring two overtime goals right away is obviously a great way to get the attention to him,” said Allen.

After the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, Phillip Danault talked about Caufield’s second overtime winning goal. ”Cole might be small, but he enjoys big occasions!” Interim coach, Ducharme talked about Caufield’s game. ”In overtime, we saw that when he has time to shot he’s extremely dangerous. His shot, speed, and precision are his strong features.”

Cole Caufield’s contagious smile and energy are something the Canadiens embrace. Not only does he seems to be happy in Montreal, but fans are also going to be excited to see Caufield play at the Bell Centre. As the Canadiens wait to officialize their playoff spot, they will be playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and hope to pass the Winnipeg Jets in the rankings.