from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Cole Caufield sounds like Filip Zadina and works like Dylan Larkin.
As the Detroit Red Wings handicap who to choose with their first selection in the 2019 draft, Caufield stands out for how he could potentially boost the rebuild. He has spent so much time doing wrist curls and other upper body workouts that shooting the puck has become a muscle memory.
Think that’s an exaggeration? Caufield scored 72 goals last season for the U.S. National Team Development Program, earning a spot as the eighth-ranked North American skater on the NHL Central Scouting final prospect rankings.
Even on a team as talented as the U18 group — Jack Hughes is expected to be the first overall pick; other high-ranked NTDP players include Alex Turcotte, Trevor Zegras, Cameron York and Spencer Knight — Caufield found a way to stand out....
Teams that are wary that Caufield is only 5-foot-7 can see what a forward of that stature can accomplish in Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat, who had 41 goals and 35 assists last season in his second year in the NHL. The Blackhawks hold the third pick, in fact, and they could chance it on Caufield. If they don’t — well, this is where he sounds like Zadina. Asked what his sales pitch to the Blackhawks would be, Caufield shrugged. “You’ll regret it if you don’t.”