The Edmonton Oilers were chosen by forward Drake Caggiula today and based on early reaction the sky is falling. I think it might be an idea to talk about Caggiula as a player and what kind of expectations we should have for him in the coming year.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 7, 2016
Caggiula is a small forward (listed at 5.10, 185 at UND) and very skilled. He turns 22 in June, played on a very famous line with plenty of firepower:
- Brock Boeser 42gp, 27-33-60
- Drake Caggiula 39gp, 25-26-51
- Nick Schmaltz 37gp, 11-35-46
Boeser and Schmaltz are first-round picks by Vancouver and Chicago respectively. Caggiula’s NHLE is 82gp, 22-22-44 off this past season and that is a very nice player.
Hearing Drake Caggiula has indeed committed to EDM.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 7, 2016
- Flyers GM Ron Hextall: “He’s got speed, he plays hard, he has a lot of good attributes. He’s got a shot at being a top six (player) based on his ability. He’s not the biggest player, but he plays hard.”
Caggiula played 2 seasons with Oilers farmhand Dillon Simpson at UND. Becomes Oilers top FWD prospect https://t.co/sDRbgqLy89
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) May 7, 2016
Caggiula could've previously played with Connor McDavid in Erie, but opted for Univ of North Dakota instead. Now he seizes the opportunity.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 7, 2016
McKenzie wrote about him awhile back, Jonathan Toews was instrumental in Caggiula going to UND.
- Chris Dilks about Caggiula: Caggiula is a smaller forward, but plays with tremendous effort and grit. He makes life miserable for the opposition on the forecheck and plays a strong two-way game. He’s having a sensational senior season as a linemate of first round NHL picks Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz. It’s unlikely he is the same type of scorer at the next level, but would make an outstanding bottom six energy player. Source
Drake Caggiula's arrival may mean that the Oilers do not qualify 1 of their pending RFA forwards on the farm in Bakersfield
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) May 7, 2016
OILERS UPDATED 50-MAN LIST (36)
- G Cam Talbot. No. 1 next season.
- G Laurent Brossoit. Projects as NHL backup/AHL starter, signed a two-year deal.
- G Nick Ellis: Newly signed college free agent.
- G Eetu Laurikainen, AHL backup, he is signed for next year.
- D Oscar Klefbom, likely top pairing, needs to stay healthy.
- D Andrej Sekera, top 4D, important part of the team.
- D Brandon Davidson, top 6D, maybe even top 4D if he continues on current track.
- D Mark Fayne, I question Oilers ability to find three better RH this summer.
- D Darnell Nurse, probably top 6D next season, ideally in Bakersfield.
- D Griffin Reinhart, may spend another year in the minors. Could be dealt.
- D Andrew Ference, they will buy him out (if able). LTIR is my guess.
- D Joey Laleggia, AHL D matriculating.
- D Dillon Simpson, AHL D, matriculating.
- D Ben Betker, AHL D, matriculating.
- D Caleb Jones, WHL D. Newly signed, definite slide rule.
- C Connor McDavid, Giant.
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, quality NHL center.
- C Leon Draisaitl, emerging NHL talent.
- C Mark Letestu, checking NHL C.
- C Anton Lander, they may find a buyer.
- C Jujhar Khaira, he is a good bet to make the roster in the fall.
- C Bogdan Yakimov, a chance he comes back. Has NHL tools, speed concern.
- C Kyle Platzer, AHL C matriculating.
- L Taylor Hall, impact NHL player. Many fans want him gone.
- L Benoit Pouliot, underrated by many. Trade rumors.
- L Patrick Maroon, big winger has been exceptional since arrival.
- L Lauri Korpikoski, Oilers should try to offload him this summer.
- L Matt Hendricks, checking NHL W.
- L Drake Caggiula. A nice addition, let’s not go crazy on projecting him.
- L Jere Sallinen, Newly signed, you can never have too many Finns.
- L Mitch Moroz, AHL winger/enforcer, matriculating.
- L Braden Christoffer, rugged winger, matriculating.
- R Jordan Eberle, scoring winger could be in play.
- R Nail Yakupov, gone baby, gone.
- R Anton Slepyshev, talented winger should push for NHL time.
- R Greg Chase, minor league winger, matriculating.
WAITING IN THE WINGS (CONTRACTS?)
- R Iiro Pakarinen, suspect he will push for a spot next fall. RFA
- R Zack Kassian, probably part of the future in a top 9F role. RFA.
- D Jordan Oesterle. Suspect he signs. RFA.
- D Adam Clendening. Foot speed will cost him. RFA.
- D David Musil. Three straight solid seasons in the AHL. RFA.
- R Adam Cracknell. I have no idea if he will be back. UFA.
- R Rob Klinkhammer. No feeling either way. UFA.
- D Adam Pardy. He played well, doubt there is room. UFA.
- D Eric Gryba, UFA. A chance he signs. UFA.
- D Nikita Nikitin, UFA. Ufa alright.
- D Brad Hunt. Skills are duplicated elsewhere. UFA.
- L Josh Winquist. Best offensive prospect in the AHL currently—but does not have an NHL deal.
- R Josh Currie At 23, he forced his way into the lineup and played very well. Can also play center.
- C Marco Roy. Began slowly, but fought his way up the depth chart and emerged as a solid option.
- R Tyler Pitlick. Young veteran is RFA again. If he could only stay healthy.
G Niklas Lundstrom. Signed with Bjorkloven for next year.
- L Kale Kessy. Rugged winger, skills duplicated on roster. RFA.
- R Andrew Miller. He may have traded himself. No chance he returns imo. UFA.
L Ryan Hamilton. May receive another deal from the Oilers.
Today’s signing could impact any of the RFAs, defense and forwards. Edmonton has a very nice addition to the Condors, who might surprise in training camp. Assuming more would imply we see more than we could possibly know at this point in time. We wait.
Caggiula instantly becomes EDM's top fwd prospect. Slots above Slepyshev in lineup. Ceiling? So hard to judge with udfa's, but Top 6 ptntl.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 7, 2016