OILERS NO. 3 PROSPECT (winter 2016): DRAKE CAGGIULA

by Lowetide

Peter Chiarelli’s signing of college players this past spring and summer impacted the Oilers prospect list in a big way. Drake Caggiula is the first of these college men, ranked at No. 3 overall for his offensive potential and agitating style. There is no guarantee he will prove to be more valuable than Matt Benning or Nick Ellis, but his outer marker potential makes him the most valuable prospect of the three.

CAGGIULA

PREVIOUSLY NO. 3 ON THE WINTER LIST

  • December 2005: G Devan Dubnyk
  • December 2006: C Marc-Antoine Pouliot
  • December 2007: D Tom Gilbert
  • December 2008: D Theo Peckham
  • December 2009: C Riley Nash
  • December 2010: L Magnus Paajarvi
  • December 2011: D Oscar Klefbom
  • December 2012: D Oscar Klefbom
  • December 2013: C Marco Roy
  • December 2014: D Oscar Klefbom
  • December 2015: D Darnell Nurse

I would list MAP, Theo Peckham and Marco Roy as the only clear misses, with  Riley Nash and Magnus Paajarvi ranking as less than hoped. Devan Dubnyk and Tom Gilbert were clear hits and the young blue (Klefbom, Nurse) are trending well.

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WHAT THEY SAID ON SIGNING DAY

  • 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.”
  • 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
  • Guy Flaming, Pipeline Show: I’m a fan of Caggiula. I have been pumping his tires for two years. My expectation is Matt Read-like production with more tenacity and skill. Source
  • NHLE from final college season: 82gp, 22-22-44.
  • He was ranked No. 185 NA skater in 2012, and of course no one took him. He was scoring at a very rapid clip in the OJHL that season, plus a cup of coffee in the USHL. Since then, Caggiula has emerged as a fast, skilled and famous college scorer.
  • Thomas Drance wrote a dandy item on Caggiula in the hours both Edmonton and Vancouver were in the running.
  • Philadelphia Flyers Coach Dave Hakstol: “He’ll play a game in the NHL, there’s no doubt of that in my mind. When it happens or what he does with it once he gets there, that will be up to him. He’ll have to prove he can handle the step up in pace. NHL players are so big but they’re also so fast. I think he can do it. Drake is not big but he’s hockey strong. He competes hard, too hard sometimes. He hits with a purpose, loves to really hit people, but he’s a veteran and we need him to be scoring goals. He plays the game hard. He plays the 200-foot game. You can tell he’s a coach’s son, he gets it.”  Source

DRAKE CAGGIULA COLLEGE BOXCARS AND NHLE’S

  1. Age 18 (UND NCAA) 39, 8-8-16 (NHLE: 14)
  2. Age 19 (UND NCAA) 42, 11-13-24 (NHLE: 19)
  3. Age 20 (UND NCAA) 42, 18-18-36 (NHLE: 29)
  4. Age 21 (UND NCAA) 39, 25-26-51 (NHLE: 44)

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2016-17

  • Bob McKenzie, September 2016: “I know the are expecting him to contend for one of the 13 forward spots on their team. “I think they think highly of him and they want to give him every opportunity to try and make the team.” Source
  • Peter Chiarelli: “It is a flip of the coin,  it’s like a draft pick (after Round 1). Wouldn’t surprise me if he made the team, with the elements he brings. He’s got a terrific skill package. He can fly. He’s five-foot-10 and 185 pounds and really strong. He’s got core strength and protects the puck very well. He’s fearless, he gets in on the forecheck. He’s got elements of his game that will allow him to play even though he’s not huge. He’s a gritty, skilled guy who’s played big in big games.” Source
  • Drake Caggiula on signing with Edmonton: “They have a core group of players who are talented and highly skilled. I hope to step up and grow with that core. My talk with Todd McLellan (Oilers’ head coach) went great. I like his style of player and it suits me well and my coaches at North Dakota also know Todd and they said he was good.” Source
  • Game Notes, Penticton game v. CanucksC Drake Caggiula—0-1-1, +2 and one shot. He didn’t get rewarded for a lot of good play imo. He checks up at the blueline a lot (remember Ralph Intranuovo?) and has an idea about how to get good looks in the offensive zone. I liked him, he would be my No. 5 star. Source
  • Lowetide, September 29:  Drake Caggiula had another good game, four shots and two goals, along with a nice possession number. He was also 50 percent on the dot. I don’t know if he is the 3C or 3L or AHL forward, but he has talent and the arrows are all headed in a good direction. Source
  • Caggiula talks of the injury that robbed him of an opening night spot: “It’s a little frustrating. You work so hard all summer long and all of last season to set yourself up and put yourself into a situation to make the opening night roster … I did a good job of that and unfortunately I got a little bit banged up.” Source

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PREVIOUS RANKINGS

  • Summer 2016: No. 5
  • Winter 2016: No. 3

Caggiula is not a player we have tracked since his draft year (2012), so slotting him on this list is a challenge. I chose to put the small forward here because of the offensive potential—something he showed us during preseason (5gp, 2-0-2 with 16 shots). I am absolutely uncertain he can survive in the NHL playing his style at his size, but if he can stay healthy the numbers suggest offense will follow him.

In choosing Caggiula (and Benson) ahead of some two-way forwards and several defensemen who are substantial prospects, I am betting both men will bring some range to their game—with enough offense to play inside the top 9F. Caggiula has a gigantic opportunity here, my guess he makes it if he can stay healthy.

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THE FUTURE

Caggiula is edging closer to being game ready, and a trip to Bakersfield is likely the first step once he is activated. He should be able to flourish at that level and I can see him being a part of this Oilers team by Christmas.

Where will he play? It will be an interesting decision for coach Todd McLellan. The idea of putting Caggiula between two veteran wingers (like Patrick Maroon and Zack Kassian) has appeal, but it is also possible the young college grad finds chem with one of the team’s quality centers.

I am looking forward to his progress. He could be a small m Marchand in Chiarelli’s Bruinization of the Edmonton Oilers.

THE 2012 DRAFT

  • Nail Yakupov, No. 1 overall. He never got established in Edmonton, now plying his trade for the St. Louis Blues. We wish him the best, and I hope he scores 30. Graduated to the NHL.
  • Griffin Reinhart, No. 4 overall. The Oilers always liked his size and defensive acumen, and paid an enormous price for him. Injured currently, it would benefit the organization if he posted a strong season in 2016-17. Ranked inside the Top 20.
  • Mitch Moroz, No. 32 overall. Has shown increased early season scoring ability (8gp, 1-2-3) and this is a very important year for him. Candidate for the Top 20.
  • Jujhar Khaira, No. 63 overall. A strong season last year got him some NHL time and he is very close to the NHL at this time (despite current injury). Khaira is one of the success stories for Edmonton from this draft. Ranked inside the Top 20.
  • Daniil Zharkov, No. 91 overall. Injured during a tryout with the AHL team last fall, he is back in the KHL now and healthy. No longer in the organization.
  • Erik Gustafsson, No. 93 overall. Productive defender in Europe, Oilers passed on opportunity to sign him. Signed with the Chicago Blackhawks and played well for them in 2015-16. Currently in the AHL (Chicago). No longer in the organization.
  • Joey Laleggia, No. 123 overall. Undersized puck mover has offense and he has chaos. Remains an extreme long shot for NHL success. He is 8gp, 0-2-2 in Bakersfield so far this season. A candidate for the Top 20.
  • John McCarron, No. 153 overall. Didn’t sign after college, now in the ECHL. No longer part of the organization.
  • Drake Caggiula, not drafted. Passed through the 2012 entry draft, Edmonton signing him during the signing season this year. Considering the investment cost of Yakupov and Reinhart, there is a good chance the Chiarelli signing represents Edmonton’s best value from 2012 draft eligible players. Miles to go. No. 3 prospect.

 

 

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PunjabiOil
russ99

frjohnk,

The interesting part is that the Oilers seemed to have adjusted their entry systems to the McDavid rush defensive adjustments. More dumping than carrying, less looking for the single-player zone entry mismatches that aren’t there as much, and more zone entries as a forward group.

frjohnk

Woodguy: From what I’ve seen in the TOI data, McDavid will see the “top Dpair” the most, but RNH will see the “Top scoring line” the most.

Its not static though, and home/away affects it as well.

It does vary.
Just looking at the road data in the last few games.
McDavid was facing mostly top pair and top scoring line like in the Pittsburgh game.
In Detroit, it was against top pair and their checking line.
Against Rangers, looks like the Rangers tried to get the 4 D of Staal, Girardi, McDonough and Holden with Hayes, Grabner and Miller against.

I think teams are still trying to figure out the best way to match up against McDavid. One idea ( and Im just gathering this from TOI) is that teams are using fast forwards who can back check well.

Ryan

kinger_OIL:
Ryan,

– That is a good read!Early days of course, but Lucic, who everyone says is “struggling”, has the same amount of points as Hall…
*runs for cover

Thanks!

Loved this quote:

“There’s different guys stepping up at different moments,” said Leon Draisaitl, who calls this the closest Oilers team he’s been on so far. “We have a really tight group. We all like playing with each other. We hang out a lot together. You can just sense that we have a good group.

“We have so many great guys in here, so many good leaders it’s been a lot of fun.”

Woodguy

Pouzar: I was wondering if that was the case. Thx for that.

From what I’ve seen in the TOI data, McDavid will see the “top Dpair” the most, but RNH will see the “Top scoring line” the most.

Its not static though, and home/away affects it as well.

N64

Gordies Elbow:
N64,

I’m going to look forward to LT’s post entitled “The minor fall, the major lift.” It’s coming, hopefully sooner that expected.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Exactly where my eyes stopped. One step backward. Two steps forward. Music.

Gordies Elbow

N64,

I’m going to look forward to LT’s post entitled “The minor fall, the major lift.” It’s coming, hopefully sooner that expected.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

N64

Gordies Elbow:
Loved Lenoard Cohen, 2016 has generally sucked for those who love great music, art, and poetry. Lenoard Cohen joins Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey,Maurice White, Merle Haggard, Bernie Worrell, Keith Emerson, David Bowie and Prince, among others lost.

With apologies to Mr. Cohen:

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That McDavid played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?

It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing “Hallelujah”

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Music. Art. Muses. What’s not to like?

Rumor has it that David made a hole in the sheep pen until he got called up to the Bigs.

Thought I saw this right around the draft and sure enough google turns up:

GRET99ZKY says:
June 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
“I heard there was a secret chord, McDavid played and it pleased the Lord.”

Shizuka

It’s not quite over, but 2016… has been some kind of year, sorry to state the obvious. And my apologies for going off on an unrelated tangent as well with this post. The movie Arrival opens tomorrow, directed by Denis Villeneuve, a gifted director and a Canadian (not sure if anyone saw Sicario, which was pretty harrowing viewing and he is set to helm the Bladerunner sequel) — anyways, I came across a link to blog article by a physicist and programmer who was asked to consult/contribute on the film. It’s pretty heavy reading (at least for a dumb artist like me) but incredibly fascinating nonetheless:

http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/11/quick-how-might-the-alien-spacecraft-work/

It’s not too spoiler heavy so be at ease if you are planning on catching it at some point; he talks a great deal about the physics and ‘language’ of communication, the thought processes and science behind the film treatment. I thought it might make for some interesting ‘light’ reading for some of the bright minds here. I certainly found it edifying and enlightening — but I’m not one of the bright lights, ahah.

It is encouraging to hear Caggiula is edging closer to being on skates and back to practicing, and I think whatever time he spends in Bakersfield will be simply to work the rust off, and ease him back into a ‘game ready’ state in terms of muscle memory and timing. He shouldn’t have to, and I don’t believe will, spend too much time in California. In spite of the spotting at C he was doing, he is a winger. His speed, intelligence and tenacity will most definitely complement one of the top 3 guys (I am dearly hoping he slots in with Nuge, because frankly I feel Nuge has been stiffed with crap wingers a great deal, and yes I realize that’s anecdotal on my part). He seems equally adept at either dishing or finishing, and I think he would make a fine complement as a winger in the top 6.

Bos8

KD Lang did a great job but I like Cohen or the other extreme, Four Tenors with Celine Dion.

Gordies Elbow

Loved Lenoard Cohen, 2016 has generally sucked for those who love great music, art, and poetry. Lenoard Cohen joins Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey, Maurice White, Merle Haggard, Bernie Worrell, Keith Emerson, David Bowie and Prince, among others lost.

With apologies to Mr. Cohen:

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That McDavid played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?

It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing “Hallelujah”

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

dustrock

Man having a real hard time with Bowie and Cohen passing this year. Cohen of course with so many lyrics that could relate to a nation or a relationship. My favorite poet ever. And though his voice wasn’t great, it had the timbre of someone who lived and loved. Still prefer his version of Hallelujah because it sounds almost ironic with that voice.

Just going to quote maybe my favorite stanza of his, though there are so, so many:

I’ve seen the nations rise and fall. I’ve heard their stories, heard them all but love’s the only engine of survival.

JimmyV1965

Geez, I’m almost counting on an Oil win tomorrow. The Sfars are awful, especially their dmen. They can’t make any controlled passes out of their zone. They can’t skate it out either. Just try to chip it up and hope it goes well. Korpikoski is in the second PP!!!

Nailer Yakumoto
Jethro Tull

Fog of Warts,

As an Englishman in his castle, it’s pronounced Wooster-sheer. Ask Bloody Mary or Caesar.

Pouzar

Woodguy:
frjohnk,

I would argue that RNH is getting the toughest assingments.

McDavid’s TOI isn’t easy by any stretch, but McLellen will move McDavid’s match-up around while RNH defends Stalingrad.

I was wondering if that was the case. Thx for that.

New Improved Darkness

“L’esprit d’escalier” lead to “epenthesis” lead to how Germans struggle to pronounce the English word “squirrel”, lead to a “hardest words” freestyle mash-up.

The bait: The 10 hardest English words to pronounce, according to Reddit.

———

Unspeakable word salad, Clue style

Colonel Choir annihilated the amenorrhoeal anemone, on the mural of the Suisse Bistro Isthmus Sixth, bolstered by Otto the Otorhinolaryngologist’s Whup-ass Worcestershire.

“Take that, jolly contraceptive jelly!” as he ended the organism with a splat.

———

“Whup-ass” was a bit of a joke there, as it’s not on the official Reddit list, and it’s probably the one awkward word that many furriners schooled on Uncommon Valor can best pronounce (along with “Gene Hackman suuuuucks!“; on the evidence at hand, Gene’s uncommon pallor in Uncommon Valor, the alternate view is a hard sell).

Also, this is an unusual version of the game Clue in which the act of violence is spurred into action by way of a recently consumed quasi-comestible. Choir probably shouldn’t have tried the Whup-Ass Worcestershire, but he did, and now look at the mess we’re in.

Other probable agents of mayhem: bright blue cheese, Madagascar Mayonnaise, mildewed mushrooms, Caribbean Castaway Coochie Hoochie-Cooch Hooch (“everyone clear the decks,” says the salty seadog, stumbling across the dance floor, nearly spraying his Shandy Supreme on silky, but “slow to the party” Silvia—”I’m getting blind stinkin’ piss-pot pie-eyed tooo-night”; “Don’t sulk, Silky,” coos Colonel Choir, crooning his carefully chosen calming utterance with characteristic caution—overjoyed, internally, not to be Asian at this precise moment—while outwardly eyeing daggers at the inept, inebriated interloper).

“Bolstered” comes from the tradition of venery, once removed.

The tradition of using “terms of venery” or “nouns of assembly,” collective nouns that are specific to certain kinds of animals,” stems from an English hunting tradition of the Late Middle Ages. The fashion of a consciously developed hunting language came to England from France. It is marked by an extensive proliferation of specialist vocabulary, applying different names to the same feature in different animals. The elements can be shown to have already been part of French and English hunting terminology by the beginning of the 14th century. In the course of the 14th century, it became a courtly fashion to extend the vocabulary, and by the 15th century, the tendency had reached exaggerated proportions.

One is bolstered by the Whup-Ass Worcestershire, whereas one is wigged out by the Milde Mushrooms of Madagascar, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

This is Clue as once-dear to the bearskin hearth of Richard the Lionheart.

Craven bastard, depraved action, hapless victim, locution-challenged location, culpable comestible. Skewer all five. That’s how it played.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, as here my second variation reveals.

———

Unspeakable word salad, Bulwer-Lytton style

Now comfortably reposed at the Rural Squirrel—and moreover, sufficiently bolstered and emboldened by his otorhinolaryngologist’s afreshly mulled and minted Whup-ass Worcestershire—Colonel Choir tucked first his napkin, and then his teeth, into a meaty anemone—as sauce-worthy a succulent specialty of the Sixth Isthmus’ Ichthyosaurs & Bait Shop’s rear refrigerator as could Choir have cared for.

———

Now I don’t normally strive for the Bulwer-Lytton effect, nor could I venture to say how often Bulwer-Lytton taps me on the shoulder and says “you’re it” (the dang church bell rings at this precise moment of speech, and the penny never drops that The Sheriff is near).

Well—for once—it’s me stalking The Sheriff, with deliberation aforemost.

———

Ten Germans try to say the word “squirrel”

Sometimes it comes out all screwldup.

kinger_OIL

JDï™: But he may have more turnovers.

runs the other direction

– proof that Oiler fans are simply better humans: I loved this story:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/grave-cleaner-drumheller-1.3834070

JD_Wry

kinger_OIL: runs for cover

But he may have more turnovers.

runs the other direction

kinger_OIL

Ryan,

– That is a good read! Early days of course, but Lucic, who everyone says is “struggling”, has the same amount of points as Hall…
*runs for cover

JD_Wry

Jethro Tull: Wtf is going on?

Well if the media has fallen for a hoax, they’re doing it en masse.

Jethro Tull

Lowetide: Looks real, I checked Rolling Stone and Reuters, they are credible.

Yeah CBC now reporting. Just for 5 mins, google wouldn’t even accept the search.

Bummer, RIP, Len.

Jethro Tull

JDï™,
en.mediamass.net/people/leonard-cohen/deathhoax.html

Wtf is going on?

Jethro Tull

JDï™:
Looks as though Leonard Cohen has passed:

https://www.leonardcohen.com/news

Eh?

JD_Wry

Looks as though Leonard Cohen has passed:

https://www.leonardcohen.com/news

Jethro Tull

Can we truly say Yak has graduated to the NHL? It seems that the only thing keeping him on it is that contract. Im going to go out on a limb and say he’s on the KHL next year.

Philosophil

Not sure whether to laugh or cry that Yak at #1 didn’t pan out at all and yet undrafted DC may be the shining star from 2012….

Glass

I love how this team is coming together. A lot of the skill we are acquiring are very tenacious players.

JD_Wry

He’s got a terrific skill package. He can fly. He’s five-foot-10 and 185 pounds and really strong. He’s got core strength and protects the puck very well. He’s fearless, he gets in on the forecheck. He’s got elements of his game that will allow him to play even though he’s not huge. He’s a gritty, skilled guy who’s played big in big games.”

Makes me think of Peca.