After points in three straight games, Eakin was held without a point in Sunday's loss to Boston. Eakin has struggled producing points since returning from injury. His recent streak was good to see, but there are still concerns with adding him to your roster. He's not seeing power play time and his shot rate is lower than in past years.
Eakin scored the only Dallas goal during Thursday's loss to Minnesota. While Eakin has been limited to just 37 games this season, this was also only his second goal. After a respectable three-year stretch where he averaged 17 goals and 36.6 points per season, Eakin's two tallies and eight points aren't moving the fantasy needle in 2016-17. He is capable of providing an uptick in production over the coming weeks, but he'll always be more of a meat-and-potatoes players than a scorer, so it's best to take a wait-and-see approach.
Eakin potted his first goal of the year, complementing it with an assist and seven PIM in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Rangers. The 25-year-old winger got to skate with Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves, and he responded with a Gordie Howe hat trick -- a goal, an assist and a fight. That doubled his 2016-17 point total in one night, as he'd managed just two assists over his prior 23 contests. He's really tormented the Blueshirts, as Eakin ran over Henrik Lundqvist the last time these teams met, and he ran the Swedish netminder out of this game by scoring the Stars' seventh goal late in the second period. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the Stars and Rangers don't meet too often.
Eakin (suspension) can return to the lineup against Colorado on Thursday after serving out his four-game ban. Given the number of injuries in Dallas, Eakin figures to return to the lineup right away. It has been a difficult 2016-17 campaign for the center as he has been on the ice for just 14 games due to injuries and the suspension. Even when he has played, the 25-year-old has not produced at his usual level, recording just one helper, 17 PIM and a minus-7 rating. Unless he can turn it around quickly, it is doubtful Eakin will register a fourth consecutive season with 35+ points.
Eakin was suspended for four games on Friday for his hit against Henrik Lundqvist on Thursday. With only one point in 14 games, Eakin hasn't been lighting the lamp enough to be on many people's fantasy radar. For those who have been keeping an eye on him, he will be out until the Dec. 29 game against Colorado.
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