The Montreal Canadiens despatched Cole Caufield to their American Hockey League affiliate in Laval, Que., on Monday in hopes the promising ahead can rediscover his scoring contact.
The 20-year-old Caufield has only one help by 10 video games for the Canadiens, who’re off to a dismal 2-8-0 begin to the season simply months after showing within the 2021 Stanley Cup closing.
Caufield’s struggles this season stand in marked distinction to his bursting on the NHL scene in 2020-21.
Caufield gained the Hobey Baker Award as the highest participant in NCAA hockey final season after posting 52 factors (30 targets, 22 assists) for the College of Wisconsin.
He then made good on the hype surrounding the begin to his skilled profession, posting three targets and an help in two video games with the AHL’s Rocket earlier than including 4 targets and an help in 10 video games with the Canadiens.
Caufield impressed additional with 4 targets and eight assists in 20 playoff video games as Montreal superior to the Stanley Cup closing for the primary time since 1993 earlier than dropping to defending champion Tampa Bay.
The Canadiens recalled ahead Michael Pezzetta from Laval in a corresponding transfer. Pezzetta has six factors (three targets, three assists) in eight video games with the Rocket.
Montreal additionally positioned ahead Mathieu Perreault on injured reserve. The 33-year-old centre is predicted to overlook two-to-three weeks with a watch harm.
Perreault has 4 factors (three targets, one help) in eight video games this yr.
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