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Another honor for Caufield

Habs prospect adds another line to his resumé with some recognition from the NCAA's Big Ten conference

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - It didn't take long for Cole Caufield to make his mark with the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

Montreal's first-round pick (15th overall) in 2019 was recently named NCAA Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: Congrat's to Big Ten Freshman of the Year @colecaufield pic.twitter.com/ZSHZiuzCVC

Caufield closed out his first campaign in the NCAA with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in 36 games. He finished as the top goal-scorer in his conference and ranked second in points.

The right winger became the first rookie to win the Big Ten goal-scoring title since Kyle Connor did it with the Michigan Wolverines in 2015-16. The Winnipeg Jets forward also won Freshman of the Year honors that season.

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As well, Caufield became the first Badgers player to win the Big Ten goal-scoring title since Mike Eaves and Mark Johnson shared the distinction in 1978.

The 19-year-old American was named first-team All-Big Ten alongside his Badgers teammate Wyatt Kalynuk.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: 🚨The Captain to the Rook for his first career 𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐊🚨Congrats @colecaufield 👏👏👏Watch live at: https://t.co/SOeSx3H72J#OnWisconsin | #Badgers pic.twitter.com/vbOi9KJKYy

The vote was held among the conference's coaches and journalists who cover Big Ten action.

Caufield will be back with Tony Granato's squad for the 2020-21 season.

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