Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks Playing for a New Contract This Season

By Jimmy Lynch
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Drake Caggiula
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Chicago Blackhawks center Drake Caggiula (91) during the NHL regular season hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Drake Caggiula

Drake Caggiula exceeded all expectations in his brief stint with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.

He joined the Blackhawks via trade in December with the Edmonton Oilers. Not only is Caggiula a candidate to play alongside Toews and Kane this season, but he also is playing for a new contract.

Caggiula is a great top-9 forward. The 25-year-old registered 14:51 minutes of ice time on average with the Blackhawks last season.

Caggiula produced 12 points across his 26 games with the team and showed he can play a variety of roles, including playing alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. He provides a tremendous value to the team.

If Drake Caggiula plans to get a pay raise from his current contract of $1.5 million per year, he will need to have a great season in 2019-20.

I would give an estimated value for how much Caggiula might get in his next contract, but it all depends on how he plays this year and in which role.

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