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.
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.
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.
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.