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PRINCIPE: The Drake

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the up-and-coming potential in Oilers prospect Drake Caggiula

by Gene Principe @GenePrincipe / Sportsnet

Drake is a name that is known worldwide. The Drake I'm talking about is actually named Aubrey Drake Graham who was born October 24, 1986 in Toronto. He's a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He's also a well-known fan of the Toronto Raptors and other NBA'ers. Let's just say Drake has done a lot, including two shows at Rogers Place on September 20-21. Now another Drake is putting on a show and he's hoping to also entertain the fans at Rogers Place.

The Drake I'm talking about plays for the Edmonton Oilers. His last name is Caggiula. He was born June 22, 1994 in Pickering, Ont, which is just outside of Toronto and on May 7 he signed a contract with Edmonton. The two-year deal coming after an incredible senior season at the University of North Dakota. Caggiula played 39 games scored 25 goals added 26 assists, with 60 penalty minutes and a +46 rating. That's why teams were chasing him to become a part of their team and their future.

However, what added to Caggiula's stock rising around the NHL was the finish to his college career. The 22-year-old led North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four title as an assistant captain and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. He ended the season with a 12-game point streak, which included two goals in the championship game. Talk about seizing the moment as he graduated from school and hockey at North Dakota. A degree in kinesiology and now he's earning a degree in learning to play in the NHL.

The first few weeks of class are going very well for the centreman/winger and he got an 'A' for effort and results in Edmonton's pre-season game with Vancouver. A couple of goals was the kind of showing you hope for but don't necessarily expect from a player weeks into his very young career. If there was no name on the back of his jersey I'm not sure anyone would have pointed out Caggiula as someone fresh out of school. He looked poised and professional, even if you always have to keep reminding yourself this is still September hockey.

That Caggiula is even in Edmonton might be a bit surprising. If you look at the Oilers up front they have an abundance of young talent. They signed Milan Lucic and eventually drafted Jesse Puljujarvi. While Puljujarvi was a surprise pickup at the draft, Caggiula had to know, if not Puljujarvi, Edmonton could have drafted another high-end up front talent. It didn't stop him from signing with the Oilers. He sees a young core that's getting better and he wants to be a part of that. He also expressed the willingness to earn and not be worried about being given anything. A redeeming quality in a person, let alone a player, as another Drake sets his sights on making it big.

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