Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cody Eakin Succeeding Since Trade to Dallas

Cody Eakin was going to flourish at the NHL level. And it looked for quite a while like he would be contributing for the team that drafted him in 2009, the Washington Capitals. But in today's NHL you just never know.

The Caps made a move for a proven second line centerman, and it just so happened gaining that player also involved trading Cody Eakin. Washington picked up perennial producer Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars but it came at a cost of a young prospect in Eakin a well as the 2012 second round pick.

Eakin had a strong lockout-shortened 2012-13 season with the Stars, notching 24 points (7 goals and 17 assists) in 48 regular season games.  Now that the Stars have acquired Tyler Seguin in a trade with the Boston Bruins, Dallas gets very young and strong on offense with a 21-year-old first line centerman and a 22-year-old producer in Eakin.

In his first game against the team that drafted him, Eakin picked up an assist on a second period goal that turned out to be the deciding factor in the contest, as his Stars defeated the Capitals 2-1.

Note:  The Dallas Stars used the second round draft pick they received in the trade of Ribeiro to Washington in order to select center Mike Winther.  The prospected notched 50 points in 68 regular season games playing for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL in 2012-13.

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