During the TSN 1260 morning show on Friday, Ryan Rishaug mentioned “Petry and a 2nd” as a possible asset package that would be effective in acquiring a useful center. For me, that’s an exceptional amount of gold and silver heading out, we’d need to get a very nice return. Right?
Cody Eakin is a really nice player. He’s not an offensive dynamo but he can post crooked numbers offensively. Eakin is active in the faceoff circle and better than most of the Edmonton C’s at the discipline. He’s 6.0, 190 and is a two-way player. If someone passes him on the center depth chart he’s an effective wing. He scored 16 goals last season—12 at evens, 3 on the power play and one a man short. He’s 23 years old and is an RFA looking for a raise. He does NOT play with the elite forwards Dallas employs. He does not get a zone start push.
Cody Eakin is a helluva hockey player, under control, can bridge for the German and then move up or down, left or right. Is he worth Petry and a 2nd? No. But maybe they throw Jamie Oleksiak in for the trouble. Only problem there is it might send David Staples to the rapture.