Cole Caufield predicted a Canadiens steal in the 2020 draft and he got it completely right
BY MARCO MARCH 2, 2023 (5:35 PM)
Since players are drafted very early in their development, at 18 years of age, there are many factors that can positively or negatively influence a prospect's progress.
Obviously, when a team selects early in a draft, they expect to get their hands on a good player.
However, the fun of the draft begins in the later rounds, as the various organizations in the league try to find the gem that slips from round to round.
That's what the Habs seem to have done in the 2020 draft, with the 124th overall selection, as they may have pulled off the steal of the year.
There was only one reason why a certain Sean Farrell slipped in the draft and that was his height. At 5 feet 9 inches, he surely scared many, but not the Tricolore in the fourth round.
In fact, at the time of the announcement of his selection, the young star of the club, Cole Caufield, did not hesitate one second to say loud and clear on social networks that the selection of his former teammate in the U.S. development program was nothing less than a theft.
Nearly three years later, we have to admit that the future is quite promising for the man who plays for the Crimson of Harvard University.
After a stellar first campaign with 28 points in 24 games, the 21-year-old American has exploded this season, with 18 goals and 29 assists for a total of 47 points in 29 games so far. This performance ranks him third in the NCAA in points per game average.
Not surprisingly, he is even in the running for the prestigious Hobey-Baker Trophy, awarded annually to the best player in the entire American college league.
He is ready to make the jump to professional hockey and all indications are that he should sign his first contract by the end of the Habs season. We should see some games from him in the next few weeks once his NCAA season is over.