The Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars have agreed on a deal that will send forward Patrick Eaves to the Ducks in exchange for a conditional second round draft pick. According to the Stars, the draft pick can become a first round pick if the Ducks make it to the conference finals and Eaves plays 50% of the games in the first two rounds.
The details of the trade via the Stars:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a conditional second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for right wing Patrick Eaves . Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto’s second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Eaves, 32, has 21 goals and 37 points this season for the Stars, which tied him with top forward Tyler Seguin in goals. Eaves has spent his last 3 seasons in Dallas, but has emerged as an offensive threat this season, only scoring 25 goals in his previous two seasons with the team.
The Ducks are obviously expecting him to keep producing at this rate, as he now leads the team in goals. Eaves has skated with Seguin and Jamie Benn this season, so he has shown he can skate with the big guns. But will he be able to spark the Ducks top players, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, or was playing with Seguin and Benn the reason he has produced this season?
For the Stars, they turn Eaves, who has signed two consecutive one year deals, into a potential first round pick. At 32 and a pending free agent, Eaves didn’t fit into the Stars future plans, and with the team sitting out of the playoffs, they acquire a future asset.