Ben Eager was drafted by Phoenix with the 23rd overall pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Traded to Philadelphia in the Mike Comrie deal.
Eager made a relatively smooth transition to the AHL, after spending the previous four seasons with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. He has played mostly on checking lines for the Phantoms, but has performed well in spot duty on the top two scoring lines.
A big and skilled forward. He plays with a lot of spunk; Eager likes to bang, work in traffic and go to the net with authority. He has a hard shot to compliment his drive. He is adequately skilled, but his heart and work ethic are what make him special.
The left winger brings loads of grit and toughness to the Blackhawk lineup, and is always willing to drop the gloves. On the flip side, Eager has been plagued by inconsistency and poor decision-making at times this season. He has been known to take penalties at inopportune times and occasionally finds himself out of position while looking to make a big hit. These issues are signs of inexperience, clearly, and can be worked out over time.
Eager was signed by the Edmonton Oilers in July of 2011. After an off-ice incident in October of 2012, the Oilers placed Eager on waivers in March of 2013 and have assigned him to the AHL.