The Dallas Star have just made a big splash at the 2012 NHL Draft, making a trade before the draft was even to the third overall pick. Long time center Mike Ribeiro has been moved to the Washington Capitals, a team that has been looking to add a center for their 2nd line. Mike Ribeiro has one year left at $5 million, and is going to become a unrestricted free agent next summer, something that many saw as the potential end of his time in north Texas.
Coming back to the Dallas Stars are Cody Eakin and another 2nd round pick, the 54th overall pick. Eakin is a former 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft by the Caps, and someone who could be pushing for a roster spot this fall. Eakin spent the last year with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, but projects as a player that could be a 2nd/3rd liner. He is a little small at 5’11″ and 180 pounds, but shows true center skills and could be a nice piece of the future. Here is the scouting report on Eakin: link.
The Stars now have the 13th overall along with a trio of 2nd round picks that could all be used tomorrow or could be big parts of trade packages. Stay tuned tonight for more as the evening unfolds, and full thoughts on the trade later!