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The CH could very well have its first 40-goal scorer in 30 years!

It’s no secret that Montreal Canadiens fans are all looking forward to having an elite maverick in their club.

Cole Caufield has all the potential to become one, starting next season.

The Canadiens’ last 40-goal scorer was Vincent Damphousse, who reached the plateau in 1994.

Almost 30 years later, I think it’s about time.

If you want to twist the knife a bit, the last CH player to reach the 50-goal plateau in a single season was Stéphane Richer, in 1989-1990.

Cole Caufield is scoring at an exceptional rate for a player his age.

And if we exclude his early career under Dominique Ducharme, who is said to have “stolen” the Calder Trophy from Caufield, it becomes even more impressive.

Last year, before his injury, Caufield was already on his way to a 45-plus-goal season.

I say already, because it was officially his second season in the NHL, a season in which many hopefuls experience the sophomore jinx.

So, to say that Caufield should break the 40-goal plateau in 2023-2024 is not a bold prediction, but rather common sense.

Of course, for that to happen, Caufield must not re-injure himself(touch wood as I write that sentence).

Unless the second-year jinx arrives in Caufield’s third season.

Speaking of predictions, Blain Potvin of The Hockey Writers gave three predictions for the CH next season.

His first is Cole Caufield, who could become the first player since Damphousse to reach the 40-goal mark.

Even though the majority of fans expect Caufield to reach this mark, I think it was worth talking about, as everyone is looking forward to it.

With game makers like Nick Suzuki, Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook, Caufield has all the necessary assets to reach this plateau, and possibly more in the years to come.

Over the course of his career, Caufield should be able to reach the 50-goal plateau.

However, I must say that I have high hopes for Caufield, and I believe he will do so on a regular basis, if he remains healthy.

To take it a step further, I also believe he could reach the 60-goal plateau in a single season of his career.

With the new NHL style evolving to become more and more offensive, anything is possible.

And you, do you think CC22 will become the first 60-goal player since… Guy Lafleur?

Breaking news

– The CH hopeful is in good spirits.

– Always fun to see Connor McDavid highlights.

– Flashback to when Subban was almost traded for Leon Draisaitl.

– Congratulations to Connor Brown and his wife, Madison.

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