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Caufield solidifies self as exciting prospect ahead of 2019 NHL Draft

01/06/2019, 11:30am CST
By Mike G. Morreale,

Diminutive forward stands tall with 28 goals in 32 games this season

WiPH Editor's note: The story is old (December 5), but is still relevant. Best of luck to Cole!

Cole Caufield of USA Hockey's Under-18 National Team Development Program could turn out to be one the best goal scorers of the 2019 NHL Draft.

The 5-foot-7, 155-pound right wing certainly made a believer out of his linemate, center Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.

"He's probably the purest scorer of this draft class," Hughes said. "It's not like he overpowers goalies with his shot, it's that he has a knack for scoring, so it's really easy to play with a guy like that. You put it on his stick and it usually ends up in the back of the net, so no complaints playing with him."

Caufield leads the USNTDP this season with 28 goals and eight power-play goals, ranks first with 131 shots on goal and third with 39 points (11 assists) in 32 games. (Ed. Note: stats updated thru January 5th game).

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