Patrick Eaves Represents Detroit Red Wings’ Latest Restoration Project

December 16th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Facing a business climate akin to a nuclear winter, an unemployment rate three times the national average, and home values slightly below the cost of the materials used to build them, Detroit isn't a place you're likely to consider restarting your career.

Unless you're a hockey player.

Though one of the best organizations in the league at drafting talent and adding through free-agency, the Detroit Red Wings have also had tremendous success at plucking players from the NHL scrap heap and remaking them into solid contributors.

Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Larry Murphy, Steve Duchesne, and more recently Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson were all players that came to Detroit amidst floundering careers.

With the exception of Larry Murphy, none of these players had even come close to a championship with any of their former teams upon their arrival in Detroit.

They all now have their names on the Stanley Cup.

25-year-old forward Patrick Eaves is emerging this season as yet another successful redevelopment project.

Eaves was a highly touted prospect coming out of Boston College in 2005.

A 2003 fir ...

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