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11-25-2013, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Yourself View Post
Akeson a -9 on the season. I know +/- isn't a great stat to look at without context, so anyone want to add some to this for me? Is he that bad defensively or just bad luck? Thought this was an area he was working on but I could be wrong. I question it mostly because it is just that much worse then anyone else on the team.
It was something he was working on and believe it or not he has improved in that department, a lot. I think if given a chance at the NHL level he could succeed with the right line-mates but honestly the Flyers are so stacked now, cause they are so young, and in the future (Laughton, Cousins, Leier coming) it'll be hard/impossible for him to make that jump. All those other guys mention fill other roles on a team. Laughton being a two-way center with loads of grit, Leier a clutch defensive specialist in the mold of a Talbot and Cousins a very offensively talented individual who really grinds opposing players gears. Akeson only provides the offense, even if it's better then any one of the other prospects mentioned (Cousins was the only one with similar junior scoring), though Laughton is having a great season.

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