Washington Capitals prospect Cody Eakin wrapped up a successful junior career in May of this year as a member of the WHL‘s Kootenay Ice. The Ice won the WHL championship and made a solid though ultimately unsuccessful run at the CHL’s Memorial Cup, due in large part to the presence of Eakin, who was acquired by the Ice for the express purpose of bolstering that team’s lineup for a championship run.
Eakin has now moved on to the pro game. He began the 2011-12 season with the AHL‘s Hershey Bears where he put up a respectable 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) and +3 rating in 10 games. Eakin’s early season performance didn’t go unnoticed by the parent club, with Eakin receiving his first NHL callup on November 1st to the slumping Capitals. Although he hasn’t yet been able to help the Capitals break out of the doldrums, Eakin has played respectably through nine games, notching 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points along with a +5 rating.
Prior to this season, Eakin took part in the NHLPA’s Rookie Showcase that was held in Toronto, Ontario. He and several other NHL prospects were given their first taste of the professional lifestyle, including photo shoots for their first trading card and sneak previews of the latest version of EA Sports’ NHL video game.
The NHLPA shot this video featuring Cody Eakin at the Rookie Showcase. Eakin discusses his hometown of Winnipeg, the style of play that he brings and some of the memorable moments so far in his young career.
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