The Ducks made their first move of the trade deadline season by sending a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Dallas Stars forward Patrick Eaves.
The conditions of the pick are as follows: if the Ducks make it to the 3rd round of the playoffs (the Western Conference Finals) and if Eaves plays in more than 50% of the games in the first two rounds, the 2nd round pick will become the Ducks 1st round pick.
Eaves isn’t a flashy name like Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog but he fills an important need for the Ducks up front: depth scoring. Given Anaheim’s need for more goal-scorers as well as the relatively weak draft class this year, the assets given up by the Ducks seem very fair.
Eaves was tied with Tyler Seguin on top of the Stars leaderboard with a career-high 21 goals this season. Eaves has also been very effective on the power play with 11 goals scored on the man advantage.
The 32-year-old Eaves is currently a massive bargain given his scoring output this season. He is making $1 million this season and is slated to become a UFA at season end.