Cody Eakin came to the Dallas Stars in a 2012 draft day trade that sent Mike Ribeiro to the Washington Capitals. The Stars also received a second round draft pick (used on Mike Winther) in the deal, and early in the 2013 season seem to have at least broke even on the deal. Eakin’s four assists leads Dallas and puts him third on the team in points, while the Capitals have gotten a goal and eight points from Ribeiro this season.
Being dealt for an established NHL veteran is a lot for any youngster to take in, but during the lockout Eakin showed he was ready for full-time duty with the Stars, as he scored 12 goals while putting up 24 points in 35 games for the AHL’s Texas Stars. The young center saw 30 games of NHL action with the Capitals last season, managing four goals and four assists. He is already on pace to far surpass that point total, and will be an important piece of the puzzle for Dallas as they try to figure a lot of things out this season. A former junior star with the Swift Current Broncos and Kootenay Ice of the WHL, Eakin was a third round pick for Washington in the 2009 draft. He had 13 goals and 27 points for the Hershey Bears during his AHL rookie season, but faced an uphill battle in a well-stocked Capitals organization.
His fresh start in the Stars’ organization has seen him vault past prospects like Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour and Tomas Vincour, who have all toiled in the AHL in recent seasons. In a season that saw the Stars add Ray Whitney, Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr, the acquisition of Eakin may have slipped under the radar, but may end up being one of the team’s better moves for the future.