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The Flyers immediately regretted their decision to skip on Cole Caufield according to Michel Therrien

Published November 1, 2022 at 8:03 PM
BY JEFF DROUIN

When the Habs selected Cole Caufield 15th overall in the 2019 draft, many of the team's fans were already salivating at the prospect of eventually seeing this little natural scorer in a tricolour uniform, and we have to say they haven't been disappointed so far.

The number 22 is currently one of the best scorers in the NHL this season with seven goals in 9 games and he complements Nick Suzuki perfectly, which greatly delights former Habs coach Michel Therrien.

At least that's what he said during his appearance on TVA Sports' JiC show.

"Offensively, Montreal is comparable to many teams that are in the playoffs. And the good news in that is that this performance is mostly the work of the young guys. Caufields and Suzukis, those kinds of guys that produce that young, there aren't many of them.


The new administration inherited a whole duo! You have to remember where these guys (Caufield and Suzuki) came from."

But what caught the attention during this segment with Jean-Charles Lajoie was an anecdote Therrien told about the Philadelphia Flyers, who were drafting one spot ahead of the Habs in 2019.

At the time, he was an assistant coach with the team and when it was their turn to talk about the 14th pick, the Flyers set their sights on American defenseman Cam York.

Soon after, Therrien attended a few team meetings with the team's GM, Chuck Fletcher, with the two young prospects and let's just say that the Flyers kind of regretted their choice.

"I can tell you that shortly after the 2019 draft, Chuck Fletcher (Flyers GM) had gone to a couple of games with the U.S. Development Program team that Caufield and York were playing on. When he got back, we looked at each other and said, "he better be good, York!"

I think the Flyers regret their choice a little bit."

Wow!

While Cole Caufield fills the net on a regular basis in Montreal, the same cannot be said for Cam York, who is currently playing in the American League with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In his NHL career, he has played in only 33 games, in which he collected 10 points.

Trevor Timmins has been criticized by Canadiens fans for his first round picks during his time with the team, but he made no mistake with Caufield, just as he did with Kaiden Guhle's selection a year later.

As they say, he saved the best for last.

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