Eaves in a Pickle
Patrick Eaves took a slapshot in the head a month ago and still is sidelined with a fractured jaw. His estimated time out was 6-8 weeks, but it could be longer. An inside source says that Eaves might have a punctured sinus (6 months after surgery to heal) and is having trouble with migraines. Eaves has also had concussions in the past.
Add him to the growing list of players with head injuries.
It's not a good sign for Eaves, who was very effective last year on a line with Darren Helm and Drew Miller. This year he hasn't been given a chance. For whatever reason he was left out of the lineup for lesser players like Fabian Brunnstrom.
Eaves was a first round pick, and while he isn't the type of player he was supposed to be when he was drafted, he is a great checking line player who goes out with reckless abandon every shift and isn't afraid to get in a scrap.
I think Eaves is a heart and soul type of guy that teammates respect, and with a situation like this, as with every head injury, you just never know. Detroit gave him a chance to reinvent himself after he failed in Ottawa and Carolina, but it might be the end of the line of his stay in Hockeytown after the season is up.
With all of the young talent coming up, there might not be room for him. Already the roster has seen rookies like Cory Emmerton, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Joakim Andersson take to the ice in his absence. Eaves was a healthy scratch at the beginning of the year and even when he was playing well he would get taken out the next game.
Eaves' contract is until 2013-14. He still has time here, but this injury may derail his career. Detroit can only hope for the best because when Eaves is at his best he's a force to be reckoned with.