PITTSBURGH -- The Dallas Stars traded center Mike Ribeiro to Washington for forward Cody Eakin and the Capitals' second-round selection prior to the start of Friday's NHL Entry Draft, Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced.
Eakin, 21, was the Capitals' third-round selection in the 2009 draft. He made his NHL debut last season, scoring four goals and adding four assists in 30 games. In 2010-11, he led Kootenay to the Western Hockey League title, scoring 11 goals and adding 16 assists in 19 playoff games.
Nieuwendyk said the Stars have been watching Eakin "for some time."
"He plays a solid two-way game and epitomizes the 'hard to play against' mentality we're building our team around," Nieuwendyk said in the team's news release. "Cody's future is bright, and we're excited to add him to our club."
Ribeiro, 32, had been with the Stars for six seasons. He tied for second on the team in points last season, scoring 18 goals to go with 45 assists in 74 games.
The Stars, with the 13th selection in the draft, took Radek Faksa, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound center, in Friday's first round.
Faksa, 18, played for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last season, scoring 29 goals and adding 37 assists. He also played for the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Championship, helping them to a fifth-place finish with two goals in six games.
The draft continues today with rounds two through seven.
The Edmonton Oilers, picking first overall for the third straight year, took 18-year-old forward Nail Yakupov with the top pick in the draft. He scored 31 goals in 42 games last season for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also made a draft-day move, sending center Jordan Staal to Carolina for the Hurricanes' first-round pick, center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumolin. The 23-year-old Staal reportedly turned down a lengthy extension offer from the Penguins this week. Staal has one season left on his current four-year deal and rather than continuing to negotiate, the Penguins shipped him to the Hurricanes, where Staal will join his brother, Eric.
The Anaheim Ducks dealt high-scoring defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who had a year left on his contract, to the New York Islanders. The Ducks selected Swedish defenseman Hampus Lindholm with the sixth pick of the draft.
The NHL announced the 2013 draft will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.