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First impressions of watching Caufield for one whole period:

 

-fast but skates like he is running 

-high offensive IQ

-it’s obvious that he is a sniper 

-he needs to overcome his size at nhl level. He is very very small and he needs to become a wirey, slippery, sneaky little bastard to survive nhl. 
 

For those that have seen more of him, how did he handle board work and defensive responsibilities?

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Congrats Cole Caufield!!!

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15 minutes ago, Prime Minister Koivu said:

... For those that have seen more of him, how did he handle board work and defensive responsibilities?

Only thing I noticed in that respect was that on the first TO goal, Weal's man beat him cleanly but as the Marlie crossed in front of Lindgren Caufield was  coming in from the right-side and waived his stick at the marlie rather than try to engage him ... not certain CC could have done anything but it wasn't a great play ... of course, he since scored

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Doesnt seem like this award has gone to very many good NHLers.

 

A few good NHLers on the list.

Winners
Year Winner Position School Born
1981 Neal Broten Center Minnesota Roseau, Minnesota
1982 George McPhee Left Wing Bowling Green Guelph, Ontario
1983 Mark Fusco Defense Harvard Burlington, Massachusetts
1984 Tom Kurvers Defense Minnesota–Duluth Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 Bill Watson Right Wing Minnesota–Duluth Pine Falls, Manitoba
1986 Scott Fusco Center Harvard Burlington, Massachusetts
1987 Tony Hrkac Center North Dakota Thunder Bay, Ontario
1988 Robb Stauber Goaltender Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota
1989 Lane MacDonald Left Wing Harvard Tulsa, Oklahoma
1990 Kip Miller Center Michigan State Lansing, Michigan
1991 David Emma Center Boston College Cranston, Rhode Island
1992 Scott Pellerin Left Wing Maine Shediac, New Brunswick
1993 Paul Kariya Left Wing Maine Vancouver, British Columbia
1994 Chris Marinucci Left Wing Minnesota–Duluth Grand Rapids, Minnesota
1995 Brian Holzinger Center Bowling Green Parma, Ohio
1996 Brian Bonin Center Minnesota White Bear Lake, Minnesota
1997 Brendan Morrison Center Michigan Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
1998 Chris Drury Left Wing Boston University Trumbull, Connecticut
1999 Jason Krog Center New Hampshire Fernie, British Columbia
2000 Mike Mottau Defense Boston College Boston, Massachusetts
2001 Ryan Miller Goaltender Michigan State East Lansing, Michigan
2002 Jordan Leopold Defense Minnesota Golden Valley, Minnesota
2003 Peter Sejna Left Wing Colorado College Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
2004 Junior Lessard Right Wing Minnesota–Duluth Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec
2005 Marty Sertich Center Colorado College Roseville, Minnesota
2006 Matt Carle Defense Denver Anchorage, Alaska
2007 Ryan Duncan Left Wing North Dakota Calgary, Alberta
2008 Kevin Porter Center Michigan Northville, Michigan
2009 Matt Gilroy Defense Boston University North Bellmore, New York
2010 Blake Geoffrion Center Wisconsin Plantation, Florida
2011 Andy Miele Left Wing Miami Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
2012 Jack Connolly Center Minnesota–Duluth Duluth, Minnesota
2013 Drew LeBlanc Center St. Cloud State Duluth, Minnesota
2014 Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing Boston College Salem, New Jersey
2015 Jack Eichel Center Boston University North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
2016 Jimmy Vesey Left Wing Harvard Boston, Massachusetts
2017 Will Butcher Defense Denver Madison, Wisconsin
2018 Adam Gaudette Center Northeastern Braintree, Massachusetts
2019 Cale Makar Defense Massachusetts Calgary, Alberta
2020 Scott Perunovich Defense Minnesota–Duluth Hibbing, Minnesota
2021 Cole Caufield Right wing Wisconsin Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Seperate those who won as seniours and those who won as freshmen and sophmores and you see the difference.

 

Lots of players dominate as an older player in their fourth year of college.  When you do it as a teenager in your second year there is a big difference.

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19 minutes ago, Commandant said:

Seperate those who won as seniours and those who won as freshmen and sophmores and you see the difference.

 

Lots of players dominate as an older player in their fourth year of college.  When you do it as a teenager in your second year there is a big difference.

I’m hoping Kariya is the comparable for him - although CC is more of a shooter

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31 minutes ago, hab29RETIRED said:

I’m hoping Kariya is the comparable for him - although CC is more of a shooter

 

Hopefully but im not gonna compare him to a hall of famer. 

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33 minutes ago, Commandant said:

 

Hopefully but im not gonna compare him to a hall of famer. 

Oh, no real expectations. But it would be nice to have that kind of talent. Just extremely wishful hoping.

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Kariya as a rookie in Maine had 100points in 39games and was a smart top 5 draft pick. I think Gionta would be a better comparison than Kariya #swise for NCAA players.

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1 minute ago, DON said:

Kariya as a rookie in Maine had 100points in 39games and was a smart top 5 draft pick. I think Gionta would be a better comparison than Kariya #swise for NCAA players.

 

Wasnt comparing them.. i said that above.

 

Was just noting the rarity of winning it as a u20 and how that list is significantly better than those who won it as seniors.

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6 minutes ago, Commandant said:

 

Wasnt comparing them.. i said that above.

No you wernt, 29 did and just saying.

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Looking at that list of winners, I wonder how Blake Geoffrion would have done if not for that catastrophic injury

 

I hope Cole Caufield is given time to learn to protect from blindside checks and that he does not suffer a career ending injury 

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13 minutes ago, alfredoh2009 said:

Looking at that list of winners, I wonder how Blake Geoffrion would have done if not for that catastrophic injury ...

He had 3 pro seasons (8 goals in 55 NHL games, 21 goals in 84 AHL games) before the injury ... from what little I recall of seeing him, don't think he would likely have been more than a bottom 6 NHLer for a couple/few years

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5 minutes ago, GHT120 said:

He had 3 pro seasons (8 goals in 55 NHL games, 21 goals in 84 AHL games) before the injury ... from what little I recall of seeing him, don't think he would likely have been more than a bottom 6 NHLer for a couple/few years

 
he was a bottom 6 player but showed flashes of more and he was inspired / motivated wearing the blue blank rouge

 

on interviews at the time Jnvagelly remember that he had been eaither

sicj (mononucleosis?) or injured earlier in his career and that had held him back

 

we was in a hot streak when we got hit in the head

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