2011-12: David Drake played for the Indiana Junior Ice U16 team. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and had 22 penalty minutes in 18 games. In five playoff games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists. The Junior Ice captured the NAPHL National Championship.
2012-13: Drake made his USHL debut in February, skating in 12 games for Des Moines, and played for the Chicago Fury U18 team in the Midwest Elite Hockey League. He had 1 assist and was -13 with 6 penalty minutes for the Buccaneers, who missed the USHL playoffs after finishing seventh in the Western Division. Drake scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Fury. He was scoreless in two MWEHL playoff games. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Drake was selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round (192nd overall).
2013-14: Drake skated in 51 games for the Des Moines Buccaneers in his first full USHL season. He had 5 assists and was minus-17 with 26 penalty minutes. The Buccaneers finished sixth in the Western Conference; missing the playoffs. In April 2014 Drake committed to playing college hockey at the University of Connecticut in 2014-15.
Drake has the ideal size for a shutdown defender and is fairly mobile for a player of his size. He can move the puck and has the mindset and stamina to play large amounts of ice time. Drake's positional play is inconsistent at times and he has shown little inclination to participate in the attack. Both areas should develop during his college career.
A freshman at the University of Connecticut in 2014-15, Drake is seeing full-time minutes for the Huskies. He is one of the key players as the program moves from being a non-scholarship program in the Atlantic Hockey league to a full scholarship member of Hockey East. Drake should improve his understanding of the game and add strength during his college career and has the ideal frame to one day be an effective defender at the NHL level.