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Cody Eakin, Washington's third choice (85th overall) in 2009 draft
Third Round, 85th overall – Cody Eakin, center, Swift Current. Born May 24, 1991. 5-foot-11, 176 pounds, shoots left.
Last night, the Capitals chose Swedish center Marcus Johansson with their first choice (24th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After choosing Russian defenseman Dmitri Orlov with their second-round (55th overall) pick, the Caps moved back to North America and back to the center position for their third-round choice, tabbing Winnipeg native Cody Eakin with the 85th overall pick.
Ranked 52nd in the Central Scouting Bureau’s mid-season rankings, the swift-skating Eakin moved up to 29th in the CSB’s final rankings.
Central Scouting Bureau (ranked No. 29 among North American skaters) profile:
• In 2008-09, Eakin finished eighth on the Swift Current Broncos with 48 points (24-24-48) in 54 games. In his first season in the WHL, he was named the Broncos Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike player.
• He was named Player of the Game with two goals at the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game, helping lead Team Orr to a 6-1 win.
• He represented Team Canada twice during the 2008-09 season; first at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament recording three points (2-1-3) in four games and then again at the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships.
• His father Grant played professional hockey in the IHL, WCHL and CHL and his uncle Bruce was drafted by the Calgary Flames 204th overall in 1981. He credits his dad for having the most influence on his career – “he has taught me everything from day one and has been my biggest fan”.
• He patterns his game after Ottawa Senators’ forward Mike Fisher and he wears number 21, the same number his dad wore when he played – “it looks good when you wear it”.
• He got his start in hockey while his dad was playing old timers hockey and played his first game with his sister’s ringette team because they were short players.
• Nicknamed “Squeaks”, Eakin played on his first hockey team with the Fort Garry North Flyers and lists Carey Chartier as his favorite minor hockey coach.
• If he could have dinner with anyone he would choose Motley Crue band member Nikki Sixx “because of his unbelievable life” and Bobby Orr “because he is a legend and was such a great guy when I met him”.
Eakin attracted scouts to Swift Current
Eakin leads the way for Team Orr
NHL Player: Alex Ovechkin
Shootout move: “Forehand, backhand, 5-hole”
Goal celebration: “One hand in the air, or both”
Video game: Call of Duty: World at War
Movie: Marley and Me, Old School, Wedding Crashers, Step Brothers
TV Show: Entourage, Sopranos
Actor/Actress: Will Ferrell, Megan Fox and Shannyn Sossaman
Book: Motley Crue: The Dirt
Sport (other than hockey): Golf, baseball, water sports
Activity away from the rink: Video games, computer, board games, movies
Breakfast food: Oatmeal
Superhero: Batman – after the new movies
Swift Current coach and GM Dean Chynoweth
"Cody is a tremendous skater and a lot of the things he does come from his skating ability. He's also ultra-competitive, and where he has a lot of success is getting in on the forecheck and chasing and racing for loose pucks. He also uses his speed a lot with the puck on the entries into the offensive zone. His speed also helps him in the defensive zone by catching guys from behind and creating turnovers in situations where guys who don't skate as well wouldn't be able to do. He beats a lot of guys to the outside and that's because of his skating ability."
Red Line Report (ranked No. 49): “Has a troublesome injury history, but speed and scoring touch provide intriguing upside. Excellent speed, acceleration, and can make tight turns. Has an extra gear he kicks in to beat d-men wide or rush the puck through the neutral zone. Keeps a low center of gravity and can be hard to knock off the puck when he takes it to the net. Can score by using speed to cut through the defense and getting in close or by taking a pass and launching a wicked slap shot from the circles. Plays an up-tempo game with a high energy level. Is an aggressive and very effective forechecker. Energetic play can lead to some bad penalties. Tends to be very streaky offensively. Has had at least two serious concussions in the last two seasons, along with some other injuries. Missed time has hampered his development a bit, but leaves room for upside if he can stay healthy.
Projection: 2nd line scoring upside or 4th line energy.
Style compares to: Mike Comrie
ISS (ranked No. 46): Strengths: Offensive ability, vision, puck mover. Areas for Improvement: physical play, board battles, toughness.
Skil: A gifted scorer who can find the net with his speed and quickness. Moves the puck very well.
Scouting Report: Eakin is a goal scorer who has great offensive vision. Had somewhat of a coming out party at the Prospects Game where he was named his team’s MVP and put up two goals. Had to fight some injuries during the season, playing in only 54 games. Had a decent playoff scoring three times in a seven-game series loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. He is an undersized forward who has great offensive instinct. He needs to add toughness to his entire game. Prived he could play an offensive role but could work on the defensive side. He has the puck skills and smarts to be an offensive contributor at the next level, but must learn to come to play every game.
NHL Potential: An offensive forward, top 6 forward or bust.
Style compares to: Darcy Tucker
The Hockey News (ranked No. 64)
TSN (ranked No. 53)