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McLellan pleased with Caggiula's camp

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

If there were a surprising standout at camp, Oilers forward prospect Drake Caggiula might just be it. 

The 21-year-old forward, who signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in May, brought an air of confidence with him entering Oilers Main Camp, and Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan has been pleased with what the young prospect has delivered.

"Coming here, he had to basically introduce himself to the coaching staff and to his teammates," said McLellan. "And what I mean by that is he had to display his skills and his talent and I think he's done that to a very high degree. 

"He has an intensity to him that is NHL bound. He's got some very good read-and-react skills. He's competitive. For me, he's very mature, so a lot of the qualities you look for in a young NHL player he possesses."

Caggiula, appeared in 39 games this season with the University of North Dakota in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), posting 51 points (25G, 26A), 60 penalty minutes and a plus 46 rating.

He led North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four title as an assistant captain and also earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. Caggiula ended the Oilers 2016 pre-season campaign with two goals in five games before sustaining an injury during a pre-season game against the Winnipeg Jets.

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