Montreal Canadiens prospect daily performances at the 2021 World Juniors
|Jan Mysak||2020||Czech Republic||C||5||18:32||2||1||3||9|
Dec. 25: USA vs. Russia
Caufield wasn’t given much ice time in the opening period versus Russia, clocking in at under 3:00. Despite being forgotten by the coaching staff, he still managed to make an impact, notching the primary assist on Cam York’s tying goal.
As the U.S. fell well behind in the second, Caufield began to get more shifts, some of which he extended longer than the coach probably would have liked. He was doing all he could to generate some offence for his club, finishing with a team-high five shots on goal, while also ending up third in ice time among the forwards at 17:53.
It wasn’t a performance that played to his strengths as a seeker of quiet ice, as he tried to create the plays rather than finish them (as he had on two occasions in the pre-tournament match). But it was an understandable mindset to take while trailing by multiple goals. In closer games as the tournament goes on, perhaps we’ll see more of the sniper we’ve come to expect.