Thread: Prospect Info: Top 20 Flyers Prospects, #7
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07-26-2013, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyersFan61290 View Post
I agree 100 percent. His work ethic is awesome and it showed last year. By the end of the season Akeson was on the teams first pk unit and was a far cry from being a defensive liability 5 on 5. All he's done is improve and overcome. He just turned 23 (McGinn's age) so it's definitely not too late for him to make something of himself. I'm pulling for him.
I mean, Read is probably Akeson's closest comparison.

Akeson is 2 years younger than when Read made his debut.

Read and Akeson are both roughly the same height with Akeson being more solid and playing at roughly 5 pounds heavier.

So they have similarities in size as well as skating, though Read is a faster skater. Akeson however is a little more shifty and agile.

Offensively Akeson is a superior passer to Read and Read is a superior shooter.

Read, however, is a significantly better defensive player even though Akeson is making decent strides. Still, he won't ever be the defensive player Read is.

I will say this though, Akeson is also training every offseason with Giroux. He's got talent, and I'm not so sure Straka is going to be more skilled or more translatable to the NHL.

I mean if Akeson and McGinn went to this camp, you'd think they'd dominate, possibly even moreso than Straka. And all this hype around Straka dominating prospects camp is nice, but from what I got to see, I think Laughton was the best player there.

Don't forget that two years ago, Akeson, just out of juniors, was one of the better players in actual training camp demonstrating some awesome passing ability.

He performed pretty well in his one game NHL debut despite jokes about his 82-goal pace. Truthfully, the fact that the Flyers gave him a game shows they're looking pretty hard at him.

Regardless of what people may believe, Akeson was sent down to the ECHL to get the top offensive minutes he wouldn't get with our top prospects like Schenn and Couturier down in the AHL. He didn't complain; he just quietly dominated. When called back up to the AHL, he quietly dominated. Much like Gustafsson, who took a lengthy developmental course as a dominant AHL player, Akeson is progressing along nicely.

I don't come close to understanding the people who consider him a non-prospect. There's literally no reason to come to that conclusion. The Flyers love his commitment and his work ethic. Let's see how far it takes him.

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