Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Cole Caufield is stealing the show at the World Junior Summer showcase in Plymouth, Michigan.
Caufield, who fell to 15th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, was named the MVP of the IIHF World Under-18 Championships earlier this year and turned in another fantastic showing for the United States in Michigan.
After already recording three goals in the showcase, Caulfield capped off his tournament with an insane snipe from an impossible angle against Team Canada on the final day of the showcase. Caufield finished the tournament with four goals, three assists and 24 shots on goal in five games.
TSN commentator Craig Button can be heard faulting Canadian goaltender Alexis Gravel for failing to take away the top corner of the net, but that’s almost an impossible shot to make. Caulfield barely has an opening and he picks the corner perfectly.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) August 3, 2019
The goaltender Gravel gave praise to Caufield in his post-game interview.
“Obviously, when you’re in that position you don’t think the shooter’s going to shoot,” Gravel told TSN. “The last shot I got scored on like that was three years ago … There’s not many players that can do it.”
Caulfield scored a similar goal earlier in the tournament when he picked the corner on Canadian goaltender Hunter Jones. He’s beginning to develop a reputation for being able to score from anywhere.
Chaud en ce moment:
☑️ La température
☑️ Ce tir de Cole Caufield
Is it hot in here, or is it just this @colecaufield snipe?
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 31, 2019
Despite his high-end skill, many scouts believe Caufield fell in the draft due to his smaller size (5-foot-7, 163 lbs). It’s too early to tell, but it’s certainly looking like Montreal got the steal of the first round at the 2019 NHL Draft.
After Caufield scored a whopping 72 goals in 64 games for the U.S. National U18 team last season and continues to impress, Montreal fans are likely dying with anticipation to see their highly-touted prospect make his NHL debut.