Montreal Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield may well turn to Sweden for the next hockey season.
The Swedish media HockeyNews.se has indeed argued Sunday that the club of the Swedish first division Rogle BK wanted to recruit the 19-year-old American, after finally terminating prematurely the agreement between him and Quebecer Raphaël Lavoie.
Caufield was scheduled to play for the season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA, but a campaign is now uncertain since the varsity circuit imposed a minimum two-week delay before operations begin on September 11. . No date has yet been announced for the first matches.
The forward had notably ruled out the possibility of playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OHL) recently in an interview with The Athletic, in the event of the cancellation of NCAA activities. He had also argued that the best option in these circumstances would be to sign a contract with the Habs.
Caufield was a first-round pick, 15th overall, for the Canadiens in the 2019 draft. He scored 19 goals and totaled 36 points in as many games in his first college season.
Lavoie will not play in Sweden
Rogle BK athletic director Chris Abbott declined to comment on the information about Caufield, but said the decision about Lavoie was made because the young athlete failed to secure a regular job in Training.
“We felt it was better for everyone to make this decision, because we had the option of breaking the contract,” he said. We felt it was a reasonable decision for us. He is a good player and has a bright future, but with a complete and healthy squad he would not have his place at the moment. ”
Lavoie accumulated 38 goals and 82 points in 55 games with the Halifax Mooseheads and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in 2019-2020 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The 19-year-old center was a 2019 Edmonton Oilers second-round selection.