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Future Watch: Jason Akeson

Rookie forward impresses in his rookie year with Phantoms

Monday, 05.21.2012 / 3:19 PM / News
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Future Watch: Jason Akeson
With all of the talk surrounding rookies during the 2011-12 Flyers season, the club’s top minor league affiliate can also boast the same success among first year players.

At the top of that list is forward Jason Akeson.

Akeson not only led all rookies on the team in scoring, he led all players who began the season on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 41 assists for 55 points while appearing in all 76 games with Adirondack.

Matt Ford, who was acquired mid-season, statistically led the Phantoms with 59 points, however 28 of those came prior to joining the team with the Hershey Bears.

Akeson’s rookie season was also as consistent as they come. He recorded at least a point in 43 of his 76 games, which included nine multiple point games including a four-assist game in a 5-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs on Feb. 19.

“Look at his numbers and they speak for themselves,” said Chris Pryor, the Flyers Director of Hockey Operations. “He’s a creative guy that sees the ice extremely well. He has really good poise with the puck and can slow things down. On the power-play he can make plays and find guys.”

Six times during the season, Akeson also strung together a point streak of three or more games, including two five-game point streaks.

What perhaps is the most encouraging aspect of Akeson is that throughout his hockey career he has never taken a step back, gaining experience and improving year after year.

“What makes him special is that he can make plays,” added Pryor. “He’s got a year under his belt; he’s going to get stronger now that he has a summer to work on conditioning and strength, which is only going to help going into next year.”

Akeson went from 64 points in his first full year with the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League to 80 points in his second. He then surpassed the 100-point mark with 24 goals and 84 assists for 108 points in 2010-11.

What many fans might find surprising given the numbers is that Akeson was not drafted by any team in the NHL.

The 5’10’’, 190-pound forward from Orleans, Ontario signed with the Flyers as a free agent on Mar. 2, 2011.

He spent a total of four seasons playing junior with the OHL’s Rangers where he amassed 68 goals and 168 assists for 254 points in 201 regular season games, and an additional 29 points (11G-18A) in 43 postseason games.

With numbers like these and his knack for improving each year, Flyers fans just might be seeing Akeson in Orange & Black come next Fall.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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