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A game-breaking goal scorer that, despite his diminutive frame, thrives under pressure and is difficult to contain. He’s a silky smooth skater that traverses all three zones with jump and jam. Defensively, he’s uncomfortable having the puck in his own end for long and he’ll make the extra effort to pressure around the blue line and take away cross-ice options. Upon procuring puck possession, he’ll be the first to explode up ice in-transition. The hallmark of his game is his exceptional goal-scoring ability. He has a shot that absolutely leaps off his stick with pinpoint accuracy when he lets loose and a low centre of gravity that facilitates fast and flashy puckhandling at pace. He affords his linemates options by taking advantage of any allotted attention he garners, generating time and space by drawing guys in; he’s perpetually hard to play against. All-in-all, Cole Caufield is an electrifying goal-scoring machine that makes some of the most otherworldly plays look like child’s play.

AJ’s Thoughts

Caufield is a pure sniper and that’s really easy to love. His shot has an elite release and he’s comfortable putting the puck wherever he damn well pleases most of the time. Caufield is obviously very short but he’s stocky and thick throughout his lower half, giving him an advantage with a low center of gravity. He destroyed all of the goal scoring records put in front of him and he projects as a potential elite goal scorer in the NHL.

Can he handle the physical rigors of the NHL at his size? He’s a very good skater but he’s not quite as explosive as I was hoping he would be given how small he is. Every little thing is going to matter with Caufield and if his elusiveness does not translate to the NHL, he’s going to struggle taking hits. How his all-around game develops is paramount to his long-term viability as an NHL player. He has a long way to go to get to that point but the name of the game is goal scoring and nobody in this draft class does it better than Caufield.

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Avalanche Fit

There’s no way I’m taking Caufield at 4 despite the goal-scoring acumen. There are simply too many other talented players available to justify the risks involved in taking this kid that highly. If he fell to 16 he would be a fun pick and instantly bring an element to Colorado’s system that they have not had maybe ever. He’s the kind of goal-scoring dynamo that Colorado simply hasn’t had and should he pan out, he would combine with Rantanen and MacKinnon to give the Avs among the league’s nastiest goal-scoring trios.

Rankings

Ranked #18 by TSN/McKenzie

Ranked #8 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Ranked #26 by Hockeyprospects.com

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A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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