Habs’ Prized Prospect Sits Like a Lump of Cole

Since being called up to the Montreal Canadiens taxi squad last week, Cole Caufield has practiced with the big team a couple of times, gone through the game-day routine and watched his teammates score three goals in three games. He’s also received a pretty good education on what not to do once he gets his chance to play in the NHL. So there’s that.

But as far as gaining any tangible experience in the NHL that could help either him or the Canadiens, Caufield has had a front-row seat to watch a team that can’t score at even strength or on the power play. He must feel like a sharpshooter who has to sit on the sidelines and watch a gunfight with a fully loaded gun in his holster. The fact that he hasn’t played yet, and is unlikely to do so in the foreseeable future has the Montreal hockey market in a lather. The Canadiens claimed they did not want to use their last of four non-emergency call-ups of the season on Caufield because it would take away future flexibility. Now with goalie Carey Price out for a week in concussion protocol, the Canadiens will have to recall Cayden Primeau as an emergency call-up and keep three goalies on the roster, which creates a salary cup issue that would prevent them from using Caufield even if they wanted to.