I think this is a misnomer. I see a lot of you criticizing these two players, specifically. I think what Zegras did has created faulty expectations about Caufield and Turcotte. Zegras had 9 primary assists in an incredibly small sample. He will likely never have 9 primary assists in that amount of minutes for the rest of his career. He was playing great, but that was a complete anomaly. The puck was going in when he passed the puck and all his passes were coming off. There was a thread on the mainboards a few days ago when Panarin had 10 points in 3 games. Zegras played 68:50 in the five games, which is about three games of minutes for an elite forward in the NHL. Thats the level of streak Zegras was on in this tournament. Those streaks don't mean other players with a similar situation of playing lower minutes should be held to that standard. Caufield in five games hit 15 minutes once, the first game. Turcotte in five games didn't hit 15 minutes in any game. Caufield averaged 13:29 per game, Turcotte 12:35 per game. Caufield was 6th of the 13 forwards in TOI/G, Turcotte was 7th. However, Turcotte played 1 second more per game than Beecher and two more than Ford, so we are talking about nearly 9th forward minutes for the highest drafted player on your team. On what other team was a top five pick given 12:35 per game? We can nitpick 2 points in 5 games, but Caufield played 67:27 and Turcotte played 62:55. Thats the equivalent of 3-4 games of minutes for players of their caliber. Is 2 points in 3-4 games so terrible? If you stretch it out to 5 games, it looks worse. Turcotte took 9 shots, 0 went in. The most on the team without scoring. The team shot 11.4%. Bad puck luck in a short tournament is something people don't want to discuss, but it's a factor. I also think you can't forget that they both played the whole tournament on a line with at least one grinder. Drury sucked all tournament. He was in over his head in such a big role. The coach bet big on him being one of the best players in this tournament, and he lost. The coach gave Beecher huge minutes the whole tournament with Caufield and Turcotte. He was as useless as anyone. He'd throw the puck around the boards once he entered the offensive zone. He wasted a lot of offensive zone chances for both players. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Caufield played all tournament with Beecher. Turcotte might've had a worse lineman with the only undrafted player, Parker Ford, as a line-mate for the first game. Turcotte was moved to the wing, which isn't his natural position. Ford sucked all tournament, and can't play on a line with skill players. This isn't to say both players couldn't have been better. They could've, but if you start with the position that these aren't your top players, you are operating this wrong. The problem comes before their production. It comes when you start out with the position that these two, along with Zegras, are not among your top 5 forwards. Those are three of the four highest drafted forwards on your team. Which other team does not have their highest draft picks in the biggest roles?