The Vancouver Canucks are one of two frontrunners to sign college free agent Drake Caggiula, according to most trusted insider in hockey.
Bob McKenzie was on TSN Radio in Edmonton this morning, doing his best to explain where the coveted 21-year-old UFA – who is expected to make his announcement today – may sign.
“Drake Caggiula from the University of North Dakota is supposed to make his announcement today” explained McKenzie. “Initially I had heard that it was down to two teams, and there was a lot of talk that it was down to Vancouver and Pittsburgh. I was also hearing last night that maybe not Vancouver and Pittsburgh, but perhaps Vancouver and Edmonton.”
Either way, Vancouver is in the mix and that’s exciting.
One of the U.S.-based NHL teams interested in college UFA Drake Caggiula (UND) has been informed the player is going to a team in CAN.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 6, 2016
Caggiula, who had dinner with Francesco Aquilini, Trevor Linden, and Jim Benning in Vancouver last week, had 51 points in 39 games (25-26-51) with the National Champions from the University of North Dakota. He, along with his linemates, Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz, combined for an incredible plus-minus of +135 this season.
Despite his size (5’10”, 180 pounds), Caggiula is a feisty player, as evidenced by his 60 penalty minutes last season.
“All the scenarios I heard kept on having Vancouver in” McKenzie explained. “So maybe Vancouver’s the frontrunner, I don’t know.”