The Toronto Maple Leafs are have an opportunity to shock the NHL when they pull the trigger on promoting one of their latest signings.
There is one acquisition that has flown under the radar but can help elevate the Toronto Maple Leafs if an opportunity arises. That’s because the organization have picked up the brother of one of the premiere players in the NHL.
In mid July, the Toronto Marlies announced six new signings. Each of them were inked to one-year AHL contracts.
The organization brought on forwards Jackson Berezowski, Neil Shea, Tate Singleton, Tyler Weiss, and defenceman Nolan Dillingham. They also acquired Cole Caufield’s older brother, Brock.
Toronto Maple Leafs Hope Cole Caufield’s Brother Makes Their Team
It’s hard to avoid making comparisons between the Caufield brothers. Hearing them is something to anticipate as the season rolls on. Some may liken it to what has happens with Leafs forward Nick Robertson and his superstar brother Jason Robertson.
“Caufield” has become a household name since Cole broke into the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens’ star is growing into a true sniper. He has already scored 53 goals in his 123 NHL games, and he has also registered 31 assists. (All statistics are via Elite Prospect.)
Brock, who is 24-years-old, isn’t expected to develop to the level of his younger brother, but it’s undeniable that he has skill and great potential. This is going to be his first opportunity playing professional hockey.
Until joining the Marlies, Caufield had been pursuing an education. He attended the University of Wisconsin and played for their NCAA team in the the Big Ten, the Wisconsin Badgers Badgers. That’s where Caufield took strides in his development and in his leadership.
In all, Caufield played five season with the Badgers. He appeared in 172 games where he collected 33 goals and 41 assists. He also spent a season as the team’s assistant captain.
Standing 5’9″, 181 lbs, Caufield isn’t an imposing figure, so he needs to rely on his skating and stick handling to put himself in position to thrive. So far, he has. He even played an important role in Wisconsin winning the NCAA (B1G) Regular Season Championship.
Caufield, who is from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, shone early in his hockey journey. While playing with Stevens Point Area High School, he couldn’t be stopped. In his finals season with the school, the right-winger played in 23 contests where he recorded 24 goals and 30 assists for a total of 54 points.
Caufield then went on to join the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. He once again looked like he was on his way to do something special. In his second and final year with the club, he put together a 40 point campaign on 18 goals and 22 assists in 60 games.
With the Marlies this season, the expectations are low. Caufield isn’t joining the fold as a star. There aren’t even hints that that’s who the organization believes they’ve signed. However, everyone is fully aware that if Caufield is able to put his best together and reach his ceiling, then he is sure to go on to bigger and better things.
If that is to happen, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to be the beneficiary of Caufield’s success.