Ducks Acquire Eaves
The Anaheim Ducks have acquired forward Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per the report, depending upon the draft order, the Stars will receive the middle pick of either the Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks or Toronto Maple Leafs, based upon the conditions in which the Ducks received that pick from the Leafs in an earlier trade.
If the Ducks advance to the Western Conference Finals and Eaves plays in 50 percent or more of their games in the first two rounds, that pick becomes the Ducks’ first-rounder in this year’s draft.
The Ducks needed scoring depth at left wing. Eaves, who can skate at either wing, should address that issue. With 21 goals and 37 points, he’s already reached career highs in both categories and is on track for a possible 30-goal, 50-point campaign. The 32-year-old is also a good skater and a solid two-way player who can also help the Ducks on the penalty kill.
While Eaves has a long injury history, he could reach the 80-game mark for the first time in his career. If he can stay healthy and adjust quickly to the Ducks’ system, he should provide them with a welcome boost of offensive and penalty-killing depth.
In a season that’s seen a dire dearth of notable trades, the Eaves deal is the third move this week. Entering the final weekend before the trade deadline, today’s move could prompt move trade activity in the days leading up to the March 1 deadline. Considering what it cost the Ducks to get Eaves, it could affect the market value of rental forwards such as Detroit’s Thomas Vanek and Arizona’s Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata.