Going back to 1963, the Montreal Canadiens have drafted a total of 542 non-goaltenders. In all that time, only three other players they’ve chosen have had roughly the same dimensions as Cole Caufield, with varying results. Mats Naslund sure turned out all right. Michel Brisebois never played beyond major junior and Frank Hamill ripped it up in the North American League in the 1970s, right around the time the Carlson brothers were terrorizing opponents and providing much of the inspiration for Slap Shot.
When Caufield checked in at the NHL draft combine, he was measured at 5-foot-7-and-one-quarter and 162 pounds. But you get the sense he is much like the proverbial kitten that looks in the mirror and sees a lion staring back at him. The league’s Central Scouting Bureau has no measuring dev...
About the Author
Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.