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A Cole Caufield Story

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In Red Wings Land

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Cole Caufield sounds like Filip Zadina and works like Dylan Larkin.

As the Detroit Red Wings handicap who to choose with their first selection in the 2019 draft, Caufield stands out for how he could potentially boost the rebuild. He has spent so much time doing wrist curls and other upper body workouts that shooting the puck has become a muscle memory.

Caufield is definitely on the list of players I would like to see Steve Yzerman and the Wings draft. I don’t really care if he’s on the small side. That doesn’t scare me. All the kid does is score goals and a team can never have too many goal scorers. If he’s available at #6 and guys like Alex Turcotte and Bowen Byram are gone, then Caufield should be a legitimate option for Detroit.

Around the League

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Cauf It Up: How can you not pull for Cole Caufield? The diminutive sniper is the best pure goal-scorer in this draft class. He ended the season with 14 goals in a bronze medal effort at the U18s. Every time I saw him in Buffalo, he had a smile on his face. It’s clear he’s well-liked by his teammates. A telling moment was when he was measured for height and checked-in at over 5-foot-7. Upon learning this, he gave a mini fist pump. Always a smile on this young man’s face.

More Caufield, more fun. The kid put up some pretty decent numbers at the combine too.