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Cody Eakin May Be Stepping Into Large Role For Dallas Stars

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With the trade deadline now just days away, the Dallas Stars have surely been fielding quite a few phone calls. It’s almost a guarantee that most of those phone calls have related to Derek Roy.

Roy is one of the more coveted players on the trade market, for teams that are looking for a top six center. Given the Stars’ inability to sign him to an extension, like they probably would have preferred, he’ll likely be dealt before the deadline as to prevent him from leaving the Stars with nothing in free agency this summer.

In the event that Roy is dealt, the Stars could look to Cody Eakin to eat up minutes as a top six center. In fact, the upside of Eakin is part of the reason that the Stars may feel comfortable parting ways with Derek Roy.

Eakin has 17 points so far this season, with five goals and 12 assists. He’s mainly been a defensive role, in the bottom six. He has tools that could make him a solid addition to the middle of the second line, tough.

He’s no slouch in the faceoff circle. His 48 percent success rate at the dot is actually a bit better than that of Derek Roy. He’s fast and can actually play a pretty physical game, despite his 5’11″ frame. He’s a solid two-way forward that can also contribute on special teams.

That’s not to say that Eakin would be a long term solution in the middle for the Stars. But if they do end up trading Roy before the end of the weekend, it’s very likely that Eakin will be the guy to replace him.