Caufield earned the 2021 Hobey Baker Award as the top men's player in NCAA Division I ice hockey. He led NCAA Division I in goals (30), points (52), power-play goals (11), power-play points (24) and shots on goal (165) this season and was named Big Ten Player of the Year.
He agreed to a three-12 months, entry-level contract with Montreal on March 27 and scored five factors (four goals, one assist) in 10 regular-season games. He was a healthy scratch for the first two postseason online games but has taken care of a prominent role in the lineup ever since.
Linemate Nick Suzuki said the confidence Caufield has at such a young age is infectious.
Suzuki pointed to Caufield's verbal exchange with Vegas goalie Robin Lehner as proof.
After stopping Caufield's attempt to go five-hole in the third period of the Golden Knights' 2-1 overtime victory in Game 4, Lehner said the scouting report showed Caufield had a penchant to either shoot high or between the legs.
Caufield's on-ice response; scoring high on Lehner in Video game 6.
With Caufield's production continuing to increase, his cult status is as well.
Moments after his goal in Game 6, fellow Wisconsin alum J.J. Watt, a defensive end with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, sent his support on twitter: "well, well, well …." he wrote via @jjwatt beneath a photo of Caufield celebrating.
As the Canadiens celebrated the victory, Caufield looked up into the stands at the 3,500 fans at the Bell Centre, some of whom were wearing his jersey. For a kid who had been doubted for so long, it was further proof his hockey journey continues to gain prominence.