The Washington Capitals announced Thursday morning prior to their fourth playoff game against the Boston Bruins, that center Cody Eakin has been assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
This transaction occurred just in time for Hershey, as the Bears’ are finishing up their playoff preparations before they head to Wilkes-Barre to face off against the Penguins in round one of the Calder Cup playoffs. Eakin has compiled 27 points along with 13 goals for the chocolate and white this year in 43 regular season games.
Eakin has been moved back in forth from the Bears’ and Capitals this season, appearing in 29 National Hockey League games. He has registered eight points on four goals and four assists along with a plus two rating one the ice.
Expect Eakin to play the role of second line center, which he has done when in Hershey. He also is a key player on the power play and has earned time on the penalty kill.
In addition to the return of Eakin, Jacob Micflikier and Ryan Potulny each fully participated in Wednesday’s practice signaling the return of the duo to the lineup.
The Bears’ begin their five round playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Friday night.