Chicago Blackhawks: Drake Caggiula is often forgotten

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The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of really good forwards to boast and some players get forgotten about as a result of the depth.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of forwards on their roster who are capable of making an impact. They also have a lot of depth in the organization and some new players might enter the conversation that was not there last year. Drake Caggiula is one of those players for the Blackhawks. He was traded to Chicago on December 30th, 2018 and played in 26 games with them.

In those 26 games, he had five goals and seven assists for 12 points which is decent production from a forward in his role. The Blackhawks are certainly going to give him an opportunity to succeed in training camp and he should see some time in the preseason. He has the ability to play on different lines and can be a utility level left wing. The 25-year-old played his college hockey for the University of North Dakota before his time with the Oilers.

He is going to be looking to have a solid season for Chicago and try to prove he belongs in the long term. He will be a restricted free agent after the 2019-20 season and he is going to want to prove he is worthy of a contract and one that pays well. It could even be an audition for a team looking to acquire him in a trade, but he could benefit the Blackhawks if he can find his scoring touch.

His advanced numbers make him look pretty good as well. He has a 49.6 percent CF and could get it above 50 percent this season if he earns a spot on the right line. There is a spot on the team’s top line with Jonathan Toews at the center and Patrick Kane at right-wing. He could grab that spot at certain points in the season if he proves himself.

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We know he has the offensive talents to do even better. He had 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points in 39 games. Those are really good numbers for college hockey and he was one of the best players on one of the best teams. This is going to be his first training camp with this team so maybe they can unlock something in him that Edmonton wasn’t able to.