|Born||June 3, 1990,|
Orleans, ON, CAN
|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
|NHL team (P)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)
Akeson played junior hockey for the Cumberland Grads of the CJHL from 2006-08. He had a total of 114 points in 88 games for them. In 2007-08 Akeson played 13 games for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He had a total of 2 points (assists). Akeson returned to the Rangers in 2008-09 to play in his first full OHL season. Despite the Rangers finishing last in the Central Division, Akeson still had a successful season. He scored 64 points in 56 games. He was named to the league's Second All-Rookie team. In the 2009-10 season Akeson had 80 points while playing on a line with Jeff Skinner and Jeremy Morin. Akeson got his 80 points in 56 regular season games. he got an additional 19 points in 20 playoff games. In 2010-11 Akeson tied for first overall in points with Tyler Toffoli with 108 points. He was first overall in the league in assists, with 84. Akeson was named the league's Most Gentlemanly Player, recording only 23 penalty minutes. He was also awarded the OHL's Leo Lalonde Trophy as the league's top over age player.
Akeson was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a three-year entry-level contract on March 2, 2011. He spent most of his first two professional seasons with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League, leading the team in point scoring both seasons. He made his NHL debut on April 27, 2013 in the Flyers season finale against the Ottawa Senators (of the rookie's hometown) in which he also banked his first NHL goal on netminder Craig Anderson, which was also his first NHL career shot. He spent the 2013-14 regular season with Adirondack, but was called up for the Flyers' final regular season game. He was then added to the postseason roster, where he netted two goals in a seven-game first round loss to the New York Rangers.
Awards and honours
- 2008–09 OHL Second All-Rookie Team
- 2010–11 Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Top scorer in the OHL)
- 2010–11 Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy (Top scoring right winger in the OHL)
- 2010–11 Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Top overage player in the OHL)
- 2010–11 William Hanley Trophy (Most sportmanlike player in the OHL)
- "Flyers Sign Two to Entry-Level Contracts", Philadelphia Flyers, March 2, 2011. Retrieved on April 28, 2013.
- Erin Nicks. "Senators fail to climb Eastern standings with loss", NHL.com, April 27, 2013. Retrieved on April 28, 2013.
- "OHL Announces Four Annual Award Winners", March 21, 2011.
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