“We absolutely 100% assumed that we were going to Pittsburgh for the Frozen Four,” said Beydoun. “Nobody has any doubts in our minds about our group. I think that’s why it hurts so much now. “
Granato spent most of his post-Friday press conference answering questions about Caufield, and with good reason. The right wing are favorites to win the Hobey Baker Prize for top national player and added two more against the Beavers to finish with 30.
The Canadiens, who signed him in the first round of 2019, announced a deal with Caufield on Saturday. He will first report to the Montreal American Hockey League team in Laval, Quebec, where he must spend time in quarantine before he can pick up ice under Canadian law during the pandemic.
Caufield finished the Badgers career with 49 goals and 88 points in 67 games. He is the Top Ten’s first round choice as this year’s player after becoming the top new player last season.
“As a coach, I asked a lot from him this year,” Granato said after Friday’s match. “And everything I asked of him, he went beyond limits.”
The future of Badgers center Dylan Holloway, the 2020 first-round election of the Edmonton Oilers as well as finalist Hobey, is also in question. But Holloway played his last two games with a broken thumb, Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday night on “Hockey Night in Canada,” a development that could slow down his signing process.