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Cole Caufield will officially return to the University of Wisconsin for 2020-21 season

The Canadiens’ top forward prospect will play at least one more year in the NCAA,

NHL: JUN 26 Montreal Canadiens Development Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It appears that Cole Caufield will not be making his professional debut anytime soon. The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that Caufield told University of Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato that he will be returning for his sophomore season.

The news comes after fellow first-round picks at Wisconsin K’Andre Miller and Alex Turcotte both signed entry-level contracts with their NHL teams following the team’s exit at the Big 10 tournament. Wisconsin finished last in the conference this season.

Caufield had a great freshman season, leading the conference in scoring with 11 goals and 13 assists in 24 games. He was the only freshman in the top 15. His overall statistics saw him score 19 goals and add 17 assists in 36 games. He had a goal and an assist in five games at the World Junior Hockey Championship earlier this year.

Marc Bergevin has been cautious when discussing Caufield and has said multiple times that they prefer the 2019 first-round pick to return to school for next season but wouldn’t stop him if his preference was to turn professional.

UPDATE: The organization has officially announced the decision.