Montreal Canadiens send skilled forward Cole Caufield to AHL – Montreal | The Canadian News

The Montreal Canadiens sent Cole Caufield to their American Hockey League affiliate in Laval, Que., On Monday in hopes the promising forward could rediscover his scoring touch.

Caufield, 20, has just one assist in 10 games for the Canadiens, who have had a dismal 2-8-0 start to the season just months after appearing in the 2021 Stanley Cup final.

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Caufield’s struggles this season are in stark contrast to his foray onto the NHL scene in 2020-21.

Caufield won the Hobey Baker Award as the best hockey player in the NCAA last season after scoring 52 points (30 goals, 22 assists) for the University of Wisconsin.

He then lived up to the expectations surrounding the beginning of his professional career, scoring three goals and one assist in two games for AHL’s Rocket before adding four goals and one assist in 10 games for the Canadiens.

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Caufield further impressed with four goals and eight assists in 20 playoff games as Montreal advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993 before losing to defending champion Tampa Bay.

The Canadiens called up forward Michael Pezzetta de Laval in a corresponding move. Pezzetta has six points (three goals, three assists) in eight games for Rocket.

Montreal also placed forward Mathieu Perreault on injured reserve. The 33-year-old center is expected to miss two to three weeks due to an eye injury.

Perreault has four points (three goals, one assist) in eight games this year.

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