Thread: Prospect Info: Jets 2011 Top-20 Prospects #12
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08-11-2011, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Paradise View Post
He's got questions regarding his character and low hockey IQ. IMO I'd like to see him removed from the organization at the first sign of any issues. I've heard words like "looker room cancer" and "immaturity issues" used to describe him in the past.

BTW, I'm also not trying to be mean in anyway and I hope he matures/develops into a solid player.
I got to watch Akim at the 2010 camp and I saw none of this cancer talk. He and Burmistrov were having a good time on the ice together. His team seemed to enjoy playing with him, there were a lot of smiles coming off the ice. I think a lot of his reputation stems from the incident with Steve Downie and I can't say I blame him much, but it IS part of the game I guess. For those that don't know:
Not long after being drafted, Downie was suspended for five games early in the 2005–06 OHL season for an on-ice altercation with teammate Akim Aliu. During a practice on September 28, 2005, Downie blindly cross-checked Aliu in the face without warning, knocking out 3 of his teeth, and then proceeded to fight his smaller, younger teammate.[1] The incident stemmed from 16-year-old Aliu's refusal to take part in a hazing incident, where he would have been forced to stand naked in a cramped bus bathroom with other rookies. The team suspended Downie for five games and Aliu for one, and Downie was told to undergo professional counseling. Head coach Moe Mantha, Jr. was suspended by the OHL and later fired by the team, and the team was fined $35,000 by the OHL.[2] Downie left the team, requesting a trade, and was eventually traded from the Windsor Spitfires, going to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for Peter Aston.

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