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).