Eaves Flies To Anaheim

steve laidlaw

2017-02-24

Fantasy Impact: The Anaheim Ducks acquire Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2017.

The Ducks get: A 32-year-old Band-Aid Boy in the midst of a career year. There’s no sugar coating this; Patrick Eaves has been injury prone throughout his career. Now in his 13th season, Eaves has skated 70+ games only twice and hasn’t done so in a decade. The last time he even reached the 60-game plateau was 2010-11. He’ll surely reach that mark this season because he’s at 59 games played already but it’s worth asking how long he can dodge the injury bug and not just for fantasy owners but for the Ducks as well.

The conditions on the pick the Ducks are sending are that the Stars get Anaheim’s first-round pick should Anaheim make the Conference Finals and should Eaves play in at least 50% of their playoff games. Both clubs have a lot riding on Eaves’ health.

As we’ve discussed ad nauseam, there was no better spot for Eaves than in Dallas where he’d been mooching off of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin all season long. Check out his most common linemates from this season:

41.6%    BENN,JAMIE – EAVES,PATRICK – SEGUIN,TYLER

27.1%    BENN,JAMIE – EAKIN,CODY – EAVES,PATRICK

12.3%    EAVES,PATRICK – ROUSSEL,ANTOINE – SEGUIN,TYLER

11.4%    EAKIN,CODY – EAVES,PATRICK – ROUSSEL,ANTOINE

7.6%      EAVES,PATRICK – SHARP,PATRICK – SPEZZA,JASON

Eaves was also a prominent fixture as the net-front man on the Stars’ top power play unit. One that features many of these superstar players.

To call Eaves a mooch is a bit harsh. He did a great job fitting in with the Stars’ top players. Not everyone can do that. He has paid the price on a nightly basis going into the net-front area to score the career-high 21 goals he has achieved. But most of that scoring has come on the power play.

11 of Eaves’ 21 goals have come with the man-advantage, along with six assists. That accounts for nearly half of his point total. At 5-on-5, Eaves has been a merely average scorer putting up 1.52 Points/60, which is right in line with his average for the past three seasons all s