Vancouver Canucks: What Missing Drake Caggiula Means

Apr 9, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Drake Caggiula (9) skates around with the trophy after beating the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the championship game of the 2016 Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Amalie Arena. North Dakota defeated Quinnipiac 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Drake Caggiula (9) skates around with the trophy after beating the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the championship game of the 2016 Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Amalie Arena. North Dakota defeated Quinnipiac 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Brock Boeser walks to the stage after being selected as the number twenty-three overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

The Truth

But at the day, what is the truth behind all this? Here is the quote from Caggiula, courtesy of Jason Gregor.

"It reminded me of Grand Forks. I felt comfortable with the organization. People told me to follow my heart so I choose Edmonton. (Drake Caggiula, May 9th)"

Reality Check: Impact on the Draft

In reality, though Caggiula’s signing with the Oilers proved many faults in Vancouver, the practicality of the matter may be favorable.

So what are the chances the Oilers draft another forward with the number four pick now that Caggiula is in Edmonton for two years?

Not much, if you ask me. Olli Juolevi may have become the biggest possibility at number four, and more likely, the EDM pick is bound to get traded. Common sense tells me that the Arizona Coyotes could dangle a young defenseman (like Connor Murphy) to move up.

In case you didn’t catch the Canuck connection there, this means that Caggiula may just have secured a Pierre-Luc Dubois pick at number five.

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Matthew Tkachuk is from Arizona. With the Yotes looking for top-notch talent to the left to Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, the fit is there for the new Coyotes GM to make a big splash in moving up to the number four.

Even before that happens, if Edmonton holds on, what are the odds that they draft Tkachuk or Dubois over Juolevi?

That question got easier to answer when the New York Islanders pulled top defenseman Travis Hamonic off the market on Tuesday. Good times to be an Oiler, eh? How y’a doing, Mr. Yakupov?

What does Caggiula become in Edmonton? A top-line forward? A middle-six winger with checking upside? A forward who never really blossoms with the Oilers as many other have before him? Who knows.

At the end of the day, no one knows what this dreaded loss of a promising left winger may ultimately turn out to mean for the Canucks and the dynamics of the Pacific Division.

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What we do know is that the Canucks have P/R training sessions to mail out to their fans, that free agency might be that much harder to compete in the Pacific, and the most assuring logic says prevails to say that the Canucks are that much closer to drafting their top option, none other than Pierre-Luc Dubois.