Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Eakin, 22, recorded career-highs in almost every statistical category during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished tied for fourth on the team with 16 goals and 35 points (16-19=35) in 81 regular-season contests. Eakin paced the Stars in faceoff wins and total faceoffs taken, winning 585 of the 1,223 (47.8%) draws he took this season. He also finished third among Dallas forwards logging an average 17:19 of ice time per game.
The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut last season, finishing tied for second on the Stars with five points (2-3=5), including one game-winning goal, in six postseason contests.
In three NHL seasons, Eakin has registered 67 career points (27-40=67) in 159 regular-season games with Dallas and Washington. He has also tallied 51 points (25-26=51) in 78 regular-season American Hockey League games with Texas and Hershey.
"Cody is a two-way, young forward who competes hard and has the ability to make plays offensively," said Nill. "He has just scratched the surface in terms of his development at this level and we are confident that over these next two years, we'll see him mature into an even more dependable and productive player."
The 6-foot, 190-pound forward was originally selected by Washington in the third round (85th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. Eakin was acquired by Dallas from Washington on June 22, 2012 in exchange for Mike Ribeiro and the 54th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.