Montreal Canadiens 2019 Draft Class: Habs Select Their Sniper of the Future At 15

Cole Caufield was the Canadiens' first-round draft pick, but they also found some hidden gems in the later rounds.
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Jayden Struble
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Round 1

15th Overall - Cole Caufield

Cole Caufield was one of the top snipers in the draft coming out of the United States NTDP. He scored 72 goals in 64 USHL and Exhibition games while playing with first-overall pick Jack Hughes and (future hab?) Trevor Zegras.

Caufield excelled in two seasons at the University of Wisconsin but signed with the Habs in 2020-21 and was a contributor with 12 points in 20 games on the run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

Caufield's scoring hasn't been what Habs fans would like, as he's failed to reach 30 goals yet, but a new-found chemistry with Nick Suzuki and Juraj Slafkovsky may be the thing to lead him over that threshold in 2024-25.

Round 2

46th Overall - Jayden Struble

Struble went to Northeastern University in 2019 with tons of confidence after going in the second round to the Canadiens. Struble's numbers at Northeastern weren't great considering his spot on the second powerplay unit, but he still recorded 48 points in 104 collegiate games.

Struble made his AHL debut in 2022-23, playing nine games, but spent just 13 games there in 2023-24 before spending his last 56 games in Montreal. The defenseman scored his first NHL goal on December 9th against the Buffalo Sabres.