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Preds Ink Free Agent Forward Ben Eaves

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Nashville, Tenn. (July 20, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Ben Eaves (BEHN EEVZ) to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the AHL level.


Eaves, 27 (3/27/09), has played the past two seasons for the Espoo Blues of the Finnish league, posting 25 points (6g-19a) in 32 regular season games and 36 points (11g-25a) in 27 postseason contests. During the 2009 playoffs, the Minneapolis, Minn., native broke the league record for most points (24) in a postseason, leading all skaters in both points and assists. In the 2008 postseason, he paced the SM-Liiga in goals (7) and ranked second in points (12), helping Espoo to the championship series. The 5-9, 182-pound center played 48 AHL contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his first two professional seasons from 2004-06, notching 13 points (5g-8a).

Pittsburgh’s sixth selection, 131st overall (fourth round) in the 2001 Entry Draft, Eaves played four seasons (2000-04) at Boston College, captaining the club in both his junior and senior seasons. He finished his collegiate career ranked fifth on the school’s all-time assists list (116) and won the 2001 NCAA National Championship during his freshman season. His junior year, Eaves was a 2003 Hobey Baker Finalist and First-Team All-American. His younger brother, Patrick, plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, while his father, Mike, played 324 NHL games from 1978-86, and is now the head coach for University of Wisconsin’s hockey team.

Ben Eaves
 
 
 
Regular Season
 
Season
Club
League
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
 
2000-01
Boston College
H-East
41
13
26
39
12
 
2001-02
Boston College
H-East
23
13
26
39
12
 
2002-03
Boston College
H-East
36
18
39
57
18
 
2003-04
Boston College
H-East
26
9
25
34
4
 
2004-05
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
AHL
43
4
6
10
12
 
2004-05
Wheeling
ECHL
2
1
0
1
0
 
2005-06
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
AHL
5
1
2
3
0
 
2006-07
DID NOT PLAY DUE TO INJURY
 
2007-08
Espoo
Finland
10
3
4
7
4
 
2008-09
Espoo
Finland
22
3
15
18
18
 
 
 
 
 
Playoffs
 
 
 
 
Season
Club
League
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
 
2000-01
Boston College
H-East
--
--
--
--
--
 
2001-02
Boston College
H-East
--
--
--
--
--
 
2002-03
Boston College
H-East
--
--
--
--
--
 
2003-04
Boston College
H-East
--
--
--
--
--
 
2004-05
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
AHL
7
0
0
0
0
 
2004-05
Wheeling
ECHL
--
--
--
--
--
 
2005-06
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
AHL
--
--
--
--
--
 
2006-07
DID NOT PLAY DUE TO INJURY
2007-08
Espoo
Finland
13
7
5
12
8
 
2008-09
Espoo
Finland
14
4
20
24
6
 
  

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