Our friends over at Jaspers' Rink did some good work on Eakin this year. In this "grade the player" article, they go through both the high and low points of his season. First, the high:
His Corsi rating was also relatively good (thanks in part to facing weak competition and favorable zone starts), and his on-ice goal differential was sixth-best on the team (though that in part owes to a very high PDO).
And here's a bit of the bad, focusing on how he struggled after the Capitals switched coaches.
But even more stark than that difference in production were Eakin's possession numbers - his score-tied Fenwick percentage dropped from 53.8% to just 41.4% after the switch (worst on the team among everyone not named Tomas Kundratek). And while the entire team's possession numbers fell off a cliff after the change, Eakin's numbers did so even more dramatically, and only a .943 save percentage behind him spared him some very ugly numbers.
Stars fans will also be interested in this piece, which draws a pretty good comparison to Maxime Talbot. He scored a career-high 34 points this year with the Philadelphia Flyers and was a pretty consistent 25-point player for his first three NHL seasons. I think that's a pretty fair expectation for Eakin next year.
After the jump, more reaction to the Ribeiro-Eakin trade, the first round of the NHL draft surprised everyone and newest Stars prospect Radek Faksa has a story that's equally parts sad and triumphant.
- Mike Heika might be the most optimistic person so far about the potential of Cody Eakin. While he does have a good point about his ties to Matt Fraser. That said, his paywalled column (available here) also suggests other changes are in the work. [DallasNews.com]
- Scott Cullen gives a pretty fair look at both sides of the deal in his Numbers Game column. [TSN]
- You can take this whatever way you want - one the Sharks regular writers thinks the trade made Dallas, and the division, weaker. [CSN Bay Area]
- The Caps had a busy day at the first round of the NHL draft, but picking up Ribeiro was probably the move that will have the biggest immediate impact. They've been looking for a second-line center for a while now, and Ribeiro is probably an idea candidate for that job. [Washington Post]
- Scott Burnside at ESPN is less optimistic about the move for Washington. [ESPN]
- If nothing else, Alex Ovechkin is happy with the move. [Puck Daddy]
- If you've already skipped ahead to the video, then you got the TSN version of the Radek Faksa story, but I think it's good enough that it deserves to be talked about multiple times. The young Czech center moved away from his family at 11, yes 11, to join a club team so he could continue his development. [DallasNews.com]
- Looking for the official word on Faksa or some of his first interviews as a Star? The official site has you covered. [DallasStars.com]
- The Stars weren't the only team involved in a major trade that sent a top-tier center to another team. The Pittsburgh Penguins helped create another brother act when they sent Jordan Staal to join his brother Eric Staal with the Hurricanes in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a first-round draft pick. [CBC.ca]
- The Anaheim Ducks got in on the trade act too, sending notorious Star-killer Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders for a second-round pick. [New York Post]
- And the Penguins stayed busy after the conclusion of the first round by sending defenseman Zbynek Michalek to the Phoenix Coyotes (where he has played before) for prospect Harrison Roupp, goalie Marc Chevrie and a third-round pick. [USA Today]
- If you don't get NHL Network (seriously, if the first round of your draft runs nearly four hours, any network is going to give up on it before it's over), you missed the most appropriate pick of the first round. In an effort to bring the hockey world full circle, the New Jersey Devils used the No. 29 pick to draft Stefan Matteau. Glorious. [Puck Daddy]
- This is Radek Faksa's story, told through his words and that of his mother, with side helpings of his brother and sister. And really, you should give this a watch even if you already know about his long trip through the Czech youth hockey circuit. TSN did a very, very good job on this.