Caggiula went pointless but did dish out a trio of hits in Edmonton's 4-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday. Returning from an illness that caused him to miss part of training camp, the 24-year-old forward played nearly 19 minutes in this one. While he failed to register a point, Caggiula did make an impact by throwing his body around and also registered a shot on goal. All signs point to him making the Oilers' 2018-19 Opening Night roster and filling a bottom-six role in the process.
Caggiula (illness) is in the projected lineup for Tuesday's preseason matchup with Vancouver. Caggiula didn't participate in practice Friday due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined long term. The 24-year-old winger, who notched 13 goals and 20 points in 67 games last campaign, is expected to skate in a bottom-six role at even strength this campaign.
Caggiula missed out on Friday's training camp session due to illness, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. Depending on the severity of Caggiula's ailment, he could miss out on Monday's preseason matchup with Calgary -- although this shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Night against the Devils on Oct. 6.
Caggiula agreed to terms with the Oilers on a two-year contract extension Thursday. The University of North Dakota product compiled 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) over his first 127 games at hockey's highest level. Caggiula saw ice time on the power play and penalty kill last season, averaging 0:59 and 0:44, respectively, in those special teams situations. The shifty winger said he's committed to improving in his third year, but he'll probably need to jump into the top-six group with Leon Draisaitl to be considered an intriguing fantasy player.
Caggiula is committed to improving next season, the Edmonton Sun reports. The 23-year-old winger is hoping for a bigger role with the club after besting his numbers from last year's rookie campaign -- Caggiula scored 18 points in 60 games in 2016-17 and finished this season with 20 in 67. "You want to improve every year, but there are select few players who can make massive jumps," Caggiula said. "I did take steps forward, but there are things I have to work on." While his offensive contributions were inconsistent, the sophomore winger has some value in deep leagues that reward for his physical style (147 hits this season).
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