Montreal Canadiens rookie winger Cole Caufield is finally in the Calder Trophy form so many thought he’d be in throughout the 2021-22 regular season.
Caufield was a Calder Trophy favourite to be the NHL’s rookie of the year this season, but like so many Montreal Canadiens players he fell victim to a season that defined the term Murphy’s Law. For Caufield and his teammates, anything that could go wrong did and as a result, Martin St. Louis was hired as interim head coach two weeks ago today. It’s no coincidence that Caufield has amassed eight points in the six games since the hire, with the youngster praising the change in philosophy brought in by the Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion.
Here’s a look at how the St. Louis hire, and the new culture focused on concepts, not systems, has transformed Caufield back into the offensive catalyst the Canadiens always knew he could and still be.