The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that forward Jason Akeson (ACK-uh-sun) has been reassigned to the Adirondack Phantoms from the Trenton Titans (ECHL) according to general manager Paul Holmgren. It was also announced that center Andrew Johnston and defenseman Matt Konan have both been assigned to Trenton.
22 year old Akeson has played in 14 games with Trenton this season scoring two goals and eight assists for the Titans. Last year as a professional rookie, he led the Phantoms with 55 points on 14 goals and 41 assists. The Orleans, ONT native came to the Flyers organization from the Kitchener Rangers where he led the Ontario Hockey League in points (108) and assists (84) in 2010-11 in his final season of Major Juniors.
"Akeson has been very successful in the point production side of the game," said Phantoms head coach Terry Murray. "The goal scoring is down for us. The power play needs to be a little bit better. And I think Akeson is a player who can bring both."
Murray also gave an indication of his plan for Akeson. "I'm going to leave him on the line with Couturier. Any time you can bring a player up who is a skilled player and an offensive minded player, it's important to play him in your top two lines and give him lots of reasons to find success"
Johnston is a professional rookie from the Humbolt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He has played in 10 games for Adirondack scoring one goal. The 21 year old from Saskatoon, SASK led his juniors team to a league championship last season
"We felt with Andrew that he was out of the lineup the past couple games," Murray said. "With a young kid and first year of pro hockey it's really important that we get him to a place where he can play as a very important player. He can play on the top line and play a lot of minutes in all situations and continue with development of his game."
Matt Konan is a rookie who was with the Phantoms since the beginning of this season while rehabbing an injury. The Tustin, CA native played for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League last year and scored nine goals and 45 assists. The big blue-liner has yet to make his professional debut.
Adirondack returns to the GFCC this Wednesday night for their first home game in two-and-a-half weeks when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. It is the first of three home games in four days for the Phantoms over the big Thanksgiving Weekend and also opens a stretch of six consecutive games at the GFCC which is the longest homestand of the season for Adirondack.
The annual Black Friday game will follow against the Norfolk Admirals, affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. And then Mens' Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday against the Hershey Bears, affiliated with the Washington Capitals.
That Saturday game will feature Mustache Jerseys presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union with part of the proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Phantoms Youth Jerseys will be given away to the first 1,000 kids in attendance courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team
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