Cole Caufield welcomes his time with the Laval Rocket in the American League, believing that it could benefit him for the rest of his career.
Unable to score since the start of the season with the Montreal Canadiens, Caufield candidly confessed, in an interview with the site The Athletic published Wednesday, that he had to find his bearings.
“It’s not that I think I lost [mon jeu], I just think there are a few key things I need to perfect, and that comes with the amount of puck touches, with being on the ice, getting my timing back and that kind of thing, ” explained the attacker.
“Sometimes when you don’t play a lot, you find yourself in bad shape and it becomes difficult to catch up. So, I try to find my rhythm. I just play and get more touches of the puck because that’s when I feel the best. ”
In Laval, the organization’s best hope will be able to regain its confidence by obtaining much more playing time than in Montreal. Head coach Jean-François Houle also gives him more freedom on the ice, in order to let his scoring instincts stand out.
“He just wants me to play and feel free on the ice, not to think too much, to be the player that I am. And I really like it. I try to play inside the structure, but I feel like I have more freedom to try things. I think that’s really what it’s about, trying to get my rhythm back. That he trusts me and that he trusts that I will achieve it means a lot. “
After quickly making his way into the Habs’ offense last year late in the season and then in the playoffs, Caufield, just 20, was quickly propelled to the team’s top line this season.
Over the matches, Caufield, unable to find the back of the net, obviously felt the pressure of the Montreal market build up on his shoulders. But he believes that this first difficult sequence will be useful for the next empty runs.
“For me, personally, the pressure doesn’t bother me,” he said. I try to block her as much as possible, but sure at times it gets to you. You have to learn to manage this over time. ”
Of the Utica Comets’ recent Twitter post to him, Caufield said he was not personally disturbed, although he felt it was an inappropriate post.
“In the future, I just hope they stay away from this stuff. Cheer on your team and just ‘tweet’ about your team, not someone else, ”he advised.