Drake Caggiula was pursued by many NHL teams in the days after his college career ended. Philadelphia general manager 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.” Oilers got him and two years later we’re not quite sure what that means.
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- New Lowetide: Even in a trying season, Adam Larsson delivered solid defense.
- New Jonathan Willis: Edmonton can’t afford to enter ’18-19 with Kris Russell as top 4D.
- Lowetide: It was a tough season for Oscar Klefbom.
- Jonathan Willis: Darnell Nurse delivered a strong season for the Oilers.
- Scott Wheeler: Final Draft Rankings 2018.
- Lowetide: Oilers summer to-do list short and sweet.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Russia: A draft tragedy.
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- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers and the WHL.
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If we’re building a top 6F, it’s pretty easy to name three: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. After that? Well hell, that’s the problem. If you use money and draft pedigree, then Milan Lucic, Jesse Puljujarvi and Ryan Strome are the internal fixes. Life doesn’t work that way and there’s a chance none of those three names will be part of the solution.
Caggiula’s numbers are poor, his 5×5 points-per-60 in 2017-18 ranked him No. 294 among 367 forwards who have played over 500 minutes last year. He’ll be 24 in June, scored one more goal than Jesse Puljujarvi at age 19.
The one thing you can say about him that may imply there’s more to give? He has been injured in both seasons and played out of position (center) for a prolonged period in year one. Hextall said he had a shot at top 6F, here are his numbers (over two seasons) with the centers three:
- With Connor McDavid: 8 points in 213:40 (2.25 points per 60)
- With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 5 points 157:32 (1.90 points per 60)
- With Leon Draisaitl: 5 points in 253:52 (1.18 points per 60)
Who knows, maybe Caggiula gets a shot at right wing on the Nuge-McDavid line. I think we have him surrounded as a player and suspect it’s likely we are not looking at a top 6F.
A 32-save shutout for Stuart Skinner as the Swift Current Broncos take Game 4 by a 1-0 score and lead the WHL Final 3 games to 1. Game 5 is on Friday in Everett.
— Guy Flaming (@TPS_Guy) May 10, 2018
This is officially a fantastic run for Skinner. His playoff numbers (24, 2.21 .931) reflect a career peak and just in time. The Broncos won in 1989 (and won the Memorial Cup) with a team that featured Sheldon Kennedy, Peter Soberlak and Geoff Sanderson. Swift won again in 1993, that team included Tyler Wright. The first Swift Current Broncos WHL team played in 1967-68 and boasted Dave Schultz and Bill Hogaboam.
The Oilers have one of — if not the — worst prospect pools in hockey. So this might not be ideal. https://t.co/jPFqm3U2s1
— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) May 10, 2018
Peter Chiarelli had two areas to nurture upon arrival in Edmonton, and (not surprisingly) the new general manager chose to feed the NHL team and find ways other than draft picks to stock the prospect shelves. PC has signed some NHLers out of college (Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula) and I do think the drafting has been better since 2015, but agree completely with Wheeler. Among the youngsters who (imo) have a good chance of making it in the NHL: Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones. Among those who are trending in a good way: Kirill Maksimov, Cooper Marody, William Lagesson, Dmitri Samorukov, Filip Berglund, Stuart Skinner.
I would give Keith Gretzky, Bob Green and the scouting staff the full boat in terms of draft picks, especially if they’re strong on a specific player at No. 10 overall.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning and the guest list remains fluid as we approach showtime. At 10, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:
- Jason Rogers, Japers Rink. The time to celebrate is almost over, Washington will face the Lightning this weekend. Can Ovie and the gang keep pushing?
- Rob Vollman, NHL.com and ESPN. Projecting Drake Caggiula into next season based on what we’ve seen so far, plus a preview of a massive Game 7 in Nashville.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. Huge game tonight! Plus a quick preview of the semifinals.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!