Drake Caggiula

Hometown:

Pickering Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-06-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Drake Caggiula played for the minor midget AAA Ajax/Pickering Raiders in Ontario. In 66 games he scored 56 goals with 39 assists and 140 penalty minutes. Caggiula was selected by the Erie Otters in the third round (51st overall) in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft. 

2010-11: Caggiula played junior A hockey with the OJHL’s Stouffville Spirit as a 16-year-old. He scored 22 goals with 23 assists and 35 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games. The Spirit, after finishing fourth in the North Division, advanced to the OJHL semifinals before falling to eventual champion Wellington. Caggiula scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He was selected by Des Moines in the sixth round (79th overall) in the 20111 USHL Entry Draft.  

2011-12: Caggiula began the year in the USHL with Des Moines — skating in four games with the Buccaneers before returning to Stouffville. He also played for Canada East in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge. Caggiula scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +3 with 8 penalty minutes with Des Moines before heading home. In 25 regular season games with the Spirit he scored 10 goals with 24 assists and 36 penalty minutes. Caggiula led Stouffville in scoring in the playoffs as the Spirit — after finishing  second to Newmarket in the North Division — captured the OJHL title. Caggiula scored 17 goals with 20 assists and 38 penalty minutes in 23 playoff games. Stouffville just missed a trip to the RBC Cup, falling to the Soo Thunderbirds in the Dudley Hewitt Cup championship game. Caggiula scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 26 penalty minutes in four Cup games. He had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in four games for Canada East at the WJAC. In April 2012 he committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota. 

2012-13: Caggiula skated in 39 games for North Dakota in his freshman season. He scored 8 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 31 penalty minutes. North Dakota was third in the WCHA and received an at-large NCAA bid after an overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA semifinals. The Fighting Sioux defeated Niagara in the NCAA West Regional semifinals before falling to national champion Yale, 4-1.

2013-14: Caggiula played all 42 games for North Dakota in his sophomore season. He scored 11 goals with 13 assists and had an even plus/minus with 52 penalty minutes.  North Dakota finished second to St. Cloud State in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference; losing to Miami, 3-0, in the NCHC semifinals. The Fighting Sioux received an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional with a win in the third-place game. North Dakota defeated  Wisconsin and Ferris State to win the regional; falling to Minnesota 2-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals on a goal in the game’s final second.

2014-15: Caggiula was North Dakota’s leading scorer in his junior season while cutting down on his penalty minutes. He led the Fighting Sioux with 18 goals and had 18 assists, finishing +11 with 30 penalty minutes in 42 games. North Dakota finished first in the NCHC regular season, falling 3-1 to St. Cloud State in the conference semifinals and 5-1 to Denver in the third-place game. The Fighting Sioux received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, defeating Quinnipiac and St. Cloud State by identical 4-1 scores to capture the NCAA West Regional before falling 5-3 to Boston University in the Frozen Four semifinals. 

2015-16: Caggiula signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in May 2016 after winning a national championship with North Dakota in his senior season. Second to freshman Brock Boeser (VAN) in scoring on one of the nation’s top teams, he scored 25 goals with 26 assists and was +46 with 60 penalty minutes in 39 games. The Fighting Sioux finished first in the NCHC, falling to Minnesota-Duluth in the conference semifinals and tying Denver, 1-1, in the third-place game. North Dakota topped Northeastern and Michigan to win the NCAA Midwest Regional and defeated Denver, 4-2, in the Frozen Four semifinals before winning 5-1 over Quinnipiac in the national championship game.

Talent Analysis

Caggiula is a small but highly-skilled scoring forward who plays with a feisty edge to his game. He is willing to go into the hard areas to make plays and will challenge bigger, stronger players. A natural team leader, he can sometimes walk the line in terms of avoiding penalties. Caggiula's high energy level is popular with both teammates and coaches.

Future

Caggiula was one of the team leaders for North Dakota in the 2015-16 season as the Fighting Sioux won the national championship after reaching the Frozen Four the previous season. His energy and offensive instincts have overcome his lack of stature at every level of hockey thus far. He may need time at the AHL level but his game compares favorably with those of other smaller forwards enjoying success in the NHL.

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