Apr 1, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu (11) and Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin (20) fight for the puck in the face-off during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Making the Grade: Cody Eakin

With the regular season over, it’s time for players around the league to be evaluated for their effectiveness and their value to a team. We’ll be doing the same thing throughout the month of May, and we’d love to hear your opinions on our grading.

We’ll travel through the team in numerical order this year and we’ll hit every individual that was on the roster as of Saturday April 27; the official end of the Stars season.

Cody Eakin

After his NHL debut as a member of the Washington Capitals last season, Cody Eakin and a Washington second round draft pick were traded to the Dallas Stars for 33-year-old fan-favorite, Mike Ribeiro.  While Eakin spent less than half the season on the ice in Washington last year, he skated in all 48 post-lockout games with the Stars.

Eakin sat just nine points behind team-leading Jamie Benn, closing out the team’s top-five in combined goals and assists with seven and 17 respectively, including the game winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks April 18. Eakin was also one of the few individuals on the Stars roster to finish the season on the positive side of the plus/minus with a plus one.

The 22-year-old Canadian quickly made his presence on the Dallas roster known. Just three games into the season, Eakin recorded two assists in Dallas’ only victory over the rival Detroit Red Wings this season. Eakin’s first goal as a Star came February 13against the Calgary Flames, and despite hitting what seemed to be a point-scoring dry streak, he never went more than five games without tallying a point for Dallas.

Eakin was no stranger to altercation, spending a total of 31 minutes in the penalty box throughout the season. His physicality, more than just his bright red hair, gained him a steady following of fans. Eakin also played 35 games with the Texas Stars, where he recorded 12 goals and 12 assists.

For his impressive spattering of statistics in his first year as a Star, I give Cody Eakin an A for the 2012-2013 season.

Goal scoring: A

Assists: A

Plus/Minus: A

On-ice presence and performance: A

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