TELLS US WHAT IT’S LIKE...

…to have a break­out sea­son at 32

The Hockey News - - Buzz - PATRICK EAVES – WITH RYAN KENNEDY

This past sea­son was awe­some. I scored 32 goals, beat­ing my pre­vi­ous ca­reer-high by 12 (and that was in my rookie year with Ot­tawa). Ob­vi­ously I was try­ing to do it a lot ear­lier, but it didn’t hap­pen. It was worth the wait.

I played with some un­be­liev­able play­ers and got some great op­por­tu­ni­ties. My line­mates were re­spon­si­ble for ev­ery­thing. I went from play­ing in Dal­las with great play­ers such as Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, to play­ing in Ana­heim with great play­ers such as Ryan Get­zlaf and Rickard Rakell. I was dealt from the Stars one week be­fore the dead­line. You never know how you’re go­ing to fit when you get traded, so I’m very happy that it worked out with the Ducks and, thanks to a new con­tract, I get to go back there for the next three years.

I guess I’ve learned to play dif­fer­ent roles through­out my ca­reer. There’s so much more that goes into the game than just scor­ing goals. Those roles are just as im­por­tant and I feel like I’ve played in a lot of those roles. But it’s nice to score goals, too.

PATRICK EAVES

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