On the heels of this morning's prospect post, we have a prospect interview, with the Washington Capitals' third round (#85) selection in last summer's draft, center (and occasional winger) Cody Eakin.
So far we know that Cody isn't just another prolific goal scorer at the junior level. At the selection camp for the Canadian national team which competed in Saskatchewan in the World Juniors over the holidays, he said: "At a level like this, everyone can score goals. It's a matter of doing the other things, being a two-way player and being a reliable player. If you're not doing that, obviously somebody else will be and they'll take your spot."
Sounds like the type of crafty yet responsible player with serious wheels that GM George McPhee and his staff have developed a knack for drafting in recent years. One that, we hope, is well suited for the game of the NHL's future, and not its past.
Unfortunately, he just missed playing for his country in that recent U-20 tournament. Following his dismissal from selection camp, he told CBC Sports:
I can't say I've ever been cut before, but I'll take something from it and focus on the next one. Being cut's being cut. It doesn't matter what position you're in. You want to be making the team and having success with the team. It's disappointing and I'll take a while to think about it.
Seems that he's thought about it by bearing down. Since then, he's showed no signs of letting up in the scoring department. Here's the stat line on his break out season to date:
|2009 - Cody Eakin - Swift Current Broncos||45||33||26||59||-9||47|
We had an exclusive opportunity to speak with the promising forward by telephone yesterday afternoon, an off day, from Swift Current, SK.
Here's what he had to say about the WJCs, his season thus far, being signed by Les Capitals, Patrice Cormier, and the possibility of jumping to the pros with Hershey in the near future (You can listen to the full audio of our chat here, or read on after the jump):