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In Depth: The Rookies

Drake Caggiula and Matt Benning have found their fit with the Oilers together this season

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

"I was 5-foot-6 and about 150 pounds when I got drafted into the OHL."

Oilers rookie forward Drake Caggiula was well aware that his smaller stature wasn't necessarily turning any heads when he was selected in the third round of the 2010 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Draft at the age of 16.

There was work to be done.

After two seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Caggiula was eligible to be drafted in the 2012 NHL Draft but was not selected.

For many budding hockey players in Caggiula's position that time is a crucial juncture in their young careers and one that brings with it some tough decisions.

College or Major Junior hockey?

Through an arduous process of self-evaluation, combined with reasonable expectations, Caggiula plotted out his next move.

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