Cole Caufield is getting utilized to the attention.
Because being chosen 15th general by the Montreal Canadiens at last June's NHL draft, the diminutive winger has actually been gone to by many reporters, seen his discusses on social media balloon, and is frequently among the leading trending names on the website hockeydb.com.
People wish to know everything about him. And he knows that's just life with an Original Six franchise.
"I'm not [in Montreal] So I do not truly stress about that," Caufield stated. "It's unique to be part of that company. They've got so much history.
"It's good to have my name be discussed, however I'm still in college and that's what I'm focusing on."
Right now, nevertheless, he's got his sights set on gold for the United States at the world junior hockey championship.
The five-foot-seven, 163-pound goal-scoring sensation stopped working to discover the back of the internet in his group's first 3 round-robin games, however buried a shot in overtime versus the host Czech Republic to help his nation safe second in Group B, one point back of Canada.
Caufield and the Americans face a difficult test in the quarterfinals Thursday versus Finland in a rematch of last year's gold-medal game in Vancouver, one the U.S. lost on a late objective by Kaapo Kakko.
A local of Stevens Point, Wis., Caufied's dry run to begin the under-20 tournament was surprising. He scored a record 126 goals in 2 seasons with his country's nationwide group development program, tied Alex Ovechkin's mark of 14 at the under-18 worlds, and has 12 in 18 games as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin.
"Everyone enjoys to score goals," Caufield said. "I think I simply enjoy it more."
Nicknamed "Goal" Caufield, he wired a laser from an outrageous angle against Canada at an occasion this summer-- one that was replayed many times and even caught the attention of some NHL gamers.
'He's so crafty'
While his dynamic skill with the puck is well recorded, teammates explain one of his underrated abilities is discovering soft spots in the offensive zone prior to striking.
"I do not believe people understand you've got to put yourself in those positions," U.S. centre Shane Pinto stated. "He's really smart in the way he plays his video game. He's so crafty."
"He's a starving kid," included winger Oliver Wahlstrom. "On the ice, off the ice, he's so identified."
And every goal doesn't need to discover its way onto a highlight reel.
"They all count," Caufield said with a smile. "It does not matter how you get it done. My entire life I've been on the smaller sized side, and I believe that's helped me find peaceful locations. I just put myself in an area where I need to beat a goalie, not truly choose a corner."
In other words, Caufield has found out to use his dimensions as a benefit.
"That's where most individuals struggle-- putting themselves in a location where they can get lost to escape people," he explained. "There's so little time now in this game. It's a pretty tough skill to find spots and even get a shot off.
"That's what I continue to work on and discover methods to get much better at it."
'Everybody enjoys him'
One part of his video game that obviously does not need any honing is a capability to talk.
"He's an amusing kid," U.S. captain Mattias Samuelsson said. "Everybody likes him. You can joke around with him and he'll provide it right back, and he's quite great at it. It's constantly amusing."
Caufield stated he sought to future pint-sized Hall of Fame winger Martin St. Louis, who made his living when the NHL was tailored heavily towards hulking behemoths, as evidence when he was growing up that smaller gamers could stand out.
"I used No. 26 when I was younger due to the fact that of him," stated Caufield, who turns 19 on Thursday. "Just having someone like that to appreciate in the league, who's having success, even when it was bigger and heavier, it was something quite cool.
"Now that it's changed, there's a lot of [smaller sized] men in the league that are doing excellent things. The league's just getting faster and smarter. I do not think I'll have any problem with the size issue."
What's "Goal" Caufield's favourite memory of past U.S. teams at the world juniors?
"The John Carlson OT winner [at the 2010 tournament]," he stated without missing a beat. "That's the one kids our age want to and dream about doing one day."
With any luck, his minute might be right around the corner.