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Canadiens select Cole Caufield 15th overall in 2019 NHL Draft

The winger set a new record in the USNTDP under-18 program with 126 goals in just 123 games

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

MONTREAL - With the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Canadiens selected right winger Cole Caufield at Rogers Arena on Friday evening.

The eighth-ranked North American skater in the 2019 Draft class by NHL Central Scouting, Caufield finished his season at the US National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Under-18 squad with an impressive 72 goals and 100 points in just 64 games. Those 72 tallies are a new record for the program, overtaking the 55 goals Auston Matthews scored in 2014-15.

Overall, the winger from Stevens Point, WI collected 126 goals for 180 points in 123 games in the USNTDP. His total of 126 goals are also a new high in the program, beating Phil Kessel's 104.

The 5-foot-7, 163-pound forward also made his mark at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship with the United States. Caufield finished first among goal-scorers at the tournament with 14 markers in just seven games. He was named the event's MVP and top forward.

Caufield has committed to the University of Wisconsin for next season.

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