Eakin was held pointless in the final two series of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. As a penalty-killing specialist not known to have a natural scoring touch, it's not all that surprising that the Jets and Capitals shut Eakin down offensively. However, every Stanley Cup-winning team needs an unsuspecting hero (or three) in order to reach hockey's pinnacle; perhaps no one knows that better than bottom-six grinder Devante Smith-Pelly, whose seven playoff goals matched his regular-season output in 51 fewer games. Eakin has two years on his contract with Vegas before he can test the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
Eakin scored an empty-net goal in Sunday's 3-0 series-clinching win over the Sharks. Ryan Carpenter passed up a prime scoring opportunity on an odd-man rush to selflessly give Eakin his third goal of these playoffs. As a third-line pivot, Eakin proved to be an X-factor throughout the conference semifinals and even doled out 22 hits to help the expansion team assert itself physically.
Eakin opened the scoring for the Golden Knights on Thursday en route to a 7-0 win over the Sharks in Game 1 of the conference semifinals. Eakin engaged the home crowd with a beautiful deflection that originated as a Brayden McNabb wrister from just inside the blue line. Perhaps more offense was expected from the third-line center given the grandiose scoring display from Vegas, but Eakin should remain a quality option in playoff pools since the Golden Knights have been unstoppable.
Eakin buried his first goal of the playoffs Sunday, helping the Golden Knights to a 3-2 win over the Kings in Game 3. Eakin's goal was the equalizer in the third period and it sparked a rally for the visitors. Interestingly enough, all three goals from the Golden Knights were produced by first-time scorers in these conference quarterfinals. Vegas has a chance to sweep the Kings in Los Angeles on Tuesday, which obviously makes a guy like Eakin particularly valuable in survivor playoff formats.
Eakin pocketed a goal in Tuesday's 4-1 win against Vancouver. Eakin is up to 10 goals and 25 points on the season after a highly disappointing 2016-17 campaign that saw him score just 12 points in 60 games. The 26-year-old is averaging just 14:35 of ice time with Vegas after logging just under 17 minutes per game in his four seasons with the Stars. In his current role, he may not be a 40-point scorer again, but he's a solid contributor in a bottom-six role.
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