They were the two ‘major’ acquisitions for the Winnipeg Jets at this season’s trade deadline, and now they are going head to head in our next round of the JetsNation Gauntlet Series. Cody Eakin looks for his third win in a row as he goes up against Dylan DeMelo.
Cody Eakin’s gantlet path…
Cody hasn’t had much of a challenge in the two wins he’s picked up so far in the Gauntlet series. He won his four way play-in vote on May 8 quite handily over CJ Suess, Logan Shaw and Carl Dahlstrom. He then followed that up with a strong win over Andrei Chibisov.
A grand total of 10 #NHLJets games has been played between these two… Who gets your vote and will move on in our Fan Favorite Gauntlet Series?
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) May 9, 2020
There were a lot of questions on just how wise picking Eakin up was for the Jets, but there is no denying he fit in quite well with his new linemates Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine, which no doubt has helped him rack up points early on with his new team.
The third line scores!
Cody Eakin is gifted the puck on a brutal turnover up the middle of the ice and Holtby can't cover up properly with Ehlers in the right place at the right time.
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) February 26, 2020
#12 – Dylan DeMelo
Acquired by the Jets in a trade with the Ottawa Senators for Winnipeg’s 3rd round pick in the 2020 Draft, DeMelo is a pending Unrestricted Free Agent this summer which is why the Jets were able to get him for such a bargain price. DeMelo seems like he would be a perfect fit for the Jets and their thinned out defensive group, as he took up a spot on the team’s top pairing with Josh Morrissey before the league paused.
There is also no denying he was quite the fan favorite during his brief time in Ottawa which had Jets fans not just excited to have added talent on defense, but a charasmatic personality off the ice as well…
To my cousins Jessica and Breana and to all the frontline workers fighting against Covid-19, thank you for all your hard work and for keeping us safe. You guys are #TheRealHeroes pic.twitter.com/ZBSKecHDCf
— Dylan DeMelo (@ddems2) May 6, 2020
Cody Eakin has moved on in on Fan Favorite gauntlet Series. Next up? The other big trade deadline pick up from this season, Dylan DeMelo.
Between these two #NHLJets, who is your favorite?
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) May 10, 2020
How the Gauntlet Series has gone down…
May 7 -Four way ‘play-in’ vote between Joona Luoto / Mark Letestu / Nick Shore / Andrei Chibisov >>> Won by Chibisov (37%)
May 8 – Four way ‘play-in’ vote between @C.J. Suess / Cody Eakin / Logan Shaw / Carl Dahlstrom >>> Won by Eakin (58%)
May 9 – Andrei Chibisov vs Cody Eakin >>> Won by Eakin (71%)
May 10 – Cody Eakin vs Dylan DeMelo
A reminder that from 2 PM CST, you have 22 hours to get your vote in between these two players. Once the vote is done, the winner moves on to take on another Jet a couple of hours later.