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SportNHL draft winners and losers: Canadiens get a steal with Cole Caufield at No. 15

08:35  22 june  2019
08:35  22 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Montreal Canadiens didn’t land the best player in the first round Friday night, but they might have achieved the best value with their No. 15 pick.

General manager Marc Bergevin selected 72-goal scorer Cole Caufield from the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. With his Brett Hull-like release, Caufield was considered the most dangerous scorer available in the draft.

“He’s always got that twinkle in his eye,” said NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr. “He loves the game, loves to be at the rink, loves being on the ice and loves to score.

Caufield’s scoring total established an NTDP record for a single season. Auston Matthews. Jack Eichel. Dylan Larkin. Patrick Kane. Phil Kessel. Nobody reached 60 goals, let alone 72.

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Sure, Cole Caufield is small, but he's an electric, goal-scoring winger that the Flyers wouldn't mind seeing at No . 11 overall in the 2019 NHL draft . He's got a lot of the intangibles that should allow him to play as a small player. One thing he does is score and scores consistently against all competition."

After Caufield excelled at the under-18 world championships, there was speculation he could be drafted in the top five.

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“He’s fearless and he always puts his talent on display,” Marr said.

But Caufield is 5-7, 165 pounds. He fell and fell and fell. The Canadiens were thrilled he was available at No. 15.

The Canadiens were a winner on the first day of the NHL draft. Other winners and losers:

Loser: NHL teams that passed on Caufield because they worried about his size

We say size doesn’t matter in the NHL anymore, but do team executives believe that? Didn’t Alex DeBrincat teach you anything?

While it’s true that the Blues won the Stanley Cup with “heavy hockey,” the game is still about pace and scoring. That’s Caufield’s game. He will make NHL teams regret not taking him, just as DeBrincat did.

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Sure, Cole Caufield is small, but he's an electric, goal-scoring winger that the Flyers wouldn't mind seeing at No . 11 overall in the 2019 NHL draft . He's got a lot of the intangibles that should allow him to play as a small player. One thing he does is score and scores consistently against all competition."

Winner: The NTDP

Eight players from the under-18 team – Jack Hughes (No. 1, Devils), Alex Turcotte (No. 5, Kings), Trevor Zegras (No. 9, Ducks); Matthew Boldy (No. 12, Wild), Spencer Knight (No. 13, Panthers), Cam York (No. 14, Flyers), Caufield (No. 15, Canadiens) and John Beecher (No. 29, Bruins) – went in the first round.

That’s most players from any team taken in the first round. The previous record for the NTDP was three.

The number could have been nine because Alex Vlasic was a candidate to go near the end of the first round. He should go early in the second round.

Loser: Russian forward Vasili Podkolzin

He went 10th to the Vancouver Canucks. He was ranked third on some team’s lists, but he fell because he has two years remaining on his Kontinental Hockey League contract.

Winner: New York Rangers

They have been winners the entire offseason, starting with acquiring Adam Fox from the Hurricanes and then hiring John Davidson as team president.

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15 . Montreal Canadiens : Cam York, USNTP, defenseman. The Canadiens will need to get younger on Many lists have Tomasino going a bit higher, so if the Sabres draft him here, it has a chance to be a steal . Cole Caufield , USNTDP: Fine, Caufield is only 5-foot-7. He also scored 72 goals and has

Sandwiched in there was winning the No. 2 pick in the lottery.

Now during draft week, they land defenseman Jacob Trouba for a reasonable price of Neal Pionk and giving the Jets their draft pick back, the one they gave up in the Kevin Hayes trade.

Friday, they used the No. 2 pick to take Kaapa Kakko, who seems to be ready to play in the NHL immediately.

Loser: All of the mock drafts, including USA TODAY’s, that had Arthur Kaliyev, Bobby Brink and Raphael Lavoie going in the top 20.

The NHL didn’t see it that way. All of those players are available to be taken in the second round. Kaliyev scored 51 goals for Hamilton in the Ontario Hockey League, but NHL teams didn’t view him as worthy of the first round.

Winner: Colorado Avalanche

By drafting top defenseman Bowen Byram with the No. 4 pick, the Avs have a premium prospect in the pipeline if they trade Tyson Barrie. They also added Alex Newhook, a forward with dynamic speed.

These are two A grade prospects for a team that is already on the rise.

Loser: Fans who were awaiting a multitude of NHL trades.

There was only one trade transacted during the first round, and it only included draft picks. The Coyotes moved up three spots to take defenseman Victor Soderstrom. They gave up the 45th pick to do so.

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Winner: German defenseman Moritz Seider

He looked shocked on television when the Red Wings took him with the No. 6 pick. He was projected to be drafted five to 10 picks later.

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NHL draft winners and losers: Canadiens get a steal with Cole Caufield at No. 15

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