Photo credit: Toni L. Sandys
In a difficult season, it’s good to have someone like Cody Eakin around. He is young, filled with hope and enthusiasm. We gotta use that up quick before the real world inevitably crushes his spirit.
Cap Hit: $637,778. Eakin is signed through 2013-14 and will RFA following the expiration of that contract.
Milestones: First NHL goal, first NHL assist, first pie in the face in his NHL career.
Best Moment: The night of his first goal, though we also liked him freight-training Milan Lucic.
Things We Said About Cody Eakin: “Oh hey, Cody Eakin’s back!”
Alignment: Chaotic Good
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Media Consensus: “We are reasonably sure that Cody Eakin has the potential to be some kind of a hockey player in the future.”
Spirit Animal: Tibetan mastiff.
Alternate Universe Superhero Identity: Sean Cassidy, the amazing Banshee.
Team Role: Black ace, red shirt, occasional bottom-six center.
Execution of that Role: Though he definitely faded down the stretch, Cody saw a lot more time in the big club than we expected this year, and played with energy when he got a uniform. Four goals and eight points isn’t bad for a call-up seeing minimal ice time. Eakin was also good for 13 goals and 27 points for the Hershey Bears, despite how frequently he was moved between clubs.
Postseason Performance: Cody Eakin never made it into the lineup for a postseason game, but we hear his skill at eating popcorn is unparalleled.
Likeliness to Return: We realize that we should probably let Cody fly free to teams whose uniforms are not bright red, but we refuse. Six out of ten.
Usefulness in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting: We have to admit, that hair would make him pretty conspicuous in a dead, barren landscape. Also, he’d probably sunburn pretty easily. Three out of ten.
Other: Is Cody Eakin a lost member of the Weasley family? Discuss.
Credit: Eakin’s twitter.
Overall Year-End Rating: Five Good Sashas.