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Flyers sign Jason Akeson (RW-Kitchener) and Tyler Brown (C-Plymouth)

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03-02-2011, 04:02 PM
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Just like last season, if he signs 5 guys and one of them turn out to be an NHLer, that's money in the bank. Doesn't really replace the draft picks that were traded but it certainly doesn't hurt. A lot of these guys have just as much a chance to make it to the NHL as guys chosen in the NHL draft.

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I've heard some good things about Akeson over the course of this season, hopefully this kid will light up the Phantoms and compete for a roster spot in a few years

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The only problem is they count against the contract limit which I'm pretty sure we're steadily apporaching.

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The only problem is they count against the contract limit which I'm pretty sure we're steadily apporaching.
Doubtful.

We had a pretty impressive purge of a ton of deadweight contracts last offseason.

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03-02-2011, 04:24 PM
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Yeah, I thought we were already like a player away from the contract limit

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The only problem is they count against the contract limit which I'm pretty sure we're steadily apporaching.
There are at least six guys on the AHL roster they won't re-sign: Bordson, Klotz, Stewart, Syvret, Clackson and Ryan. And Kalinski and Legein, who both were mentioned when Maroon was traded, are RFAs too.

They signed four so far, Manning, Akeson, Hostetter and Brown. Of our own prospects only Labrecque and McGinn could get contracts.

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03-02-2011, 04:33 PM
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Actually, wow.

You guys were right.

Even with our impressive contract purge, we're pushing it.

We're at the limit now (we have 51 but Hostetter is a slide risk).

Then...

RFAs - Nodl, Powe, Carcillo, Clackson, Sestito, Syvret, Stewart, Klotz, Legein, Kalinski, Bordson

UFAs - Zherdev, Leino, O'Donnell, Boynton, Boucher, Ryan

So we drop from 51 to 34. Then add these two in order to put us at 36 for next year. Add Leino, Nodl, Powe, and Sestito as guaranteed resignings and we're at 40.

Basically 10 contracts to play with for next year still.

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The only problem is they count against the contract limit which I'm pretty sure we're steadily apporaching.
Aren't they signed for next season, though? If they'll play for the Phantoms this year they'll be on a try-out contract or whatever it's called. There are a few guys coming off the books in the summer as ufa's (and a few rfa's who might not be resigned as well).

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His 100th point

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Pretty nice pass...wont lie

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Akeson looks pretty cool....

Edit: Just looked up the stats. He leads the OHL with 103 pts compared to Toffoli in 2nd with 95. Very impressive, but I have to remind myself that Luke Pither was 3rd in scoring behind Hall and Seguin last year.

Off topic, but why does everyone seem to want Da Costa? What's so special about him?
9th highest PPG in college this year(behind all juniors and seniors, he's a sophmore), and 46 points in 34 games last year, which I'd bet led all freshmen and is very impressive.

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Good Kitchener boy. Always worth a shot to pick up kids who play for Kitchener.

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9th highest PPG in college this year(behind all juniors and seniors, he's a sophmore), and 46 points in 34 games last year, which I'd bet led all freshmen and is very impressive.
Da Costa did lead all freshmen last year. He had 1.32 pts/game. Brandon Pirri, a Chicago prospect, was second to Da Costa, with 1.10 pts/game.


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I scrolled a bit through Brock's Blog:

January 2011:



October 2009:



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November 2008:
I think that pretty much sums up my thoughts on Akeson.

He's a guy worth taking a chance on if you don't have a strong prospect pool (and have room under the contract limit). He's not big, but his lack of size hasn't hurt him in the OHL. Built very similar to a guy like Bryan Little, strong lower body, good in high traffic areas because he keeps his legs moving. His hockey sense and playmaking ability is high. It's tough to say with guys like Akeson and that's why you take chances on them. He's not going to be someone who plays on your bottom 6, so he'll have to find his niche somewhere in the pro game.

Tyler Brown is an interesting player. I'll be honest, I wouldn't have pegged him as a guy who gets a contract. His biggest asset is his two-way play. Very good defensive forward and very strong on the penalty kill. Good speed, good anticipation. Pretty solid all around player although he's not going to put up big offensive numbers at the next level. To play in the bottom six of an NHL team, he's going to have to likely become a more physical player. If he can add a little grit to his game (it's possible, Edmonton's Liam Reddox was a non physical player in the O, but turned into a physical player professionally), that'll help his cause. Best case scenario, you're looking at a guy who can play responsible two-way hockey on your 4th line and be a part of your penalty kill.

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Good for Akeson. Theres a thread on the prospects board about him, hes a good player and plays like Giroux kinda except more of a playmaker.
This made me chuckle. Boy, that Giroux's a real shoot-aholic!

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Officially tentatively excited for Akeson.

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Da Costa did lead all freshmen last year. He had 1.32 pts/game. Brandon Pirri, a Chicago prospect, was second to Da Costa, with 1.10 pts/game.
And he plays for Merrimack, which is usually an awful team in a tough, deep league. This year, they're in third place and nationally ranked and he's a huge reason why. Very skilled player (and from France, weird right?).

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I want Da Costa

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Pretty cool goal he scored.


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Who else was a Kitchener Ranger =)

Interesting...

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Interesting...
Akeson is cannon.

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He won't be Cannon he'll be better

Flyers like the K Rangers - which is fine by me. Seems to produce hard-working players.
No one thought Richards was going to be as good as he is today.... perhaps this bodes well.

Hoping so.

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This made me chuckle. Boy, that Giroux's a real shoot-aholic!
Giroux shoots more than Akeson does. Never said Giroux wasn't a playmaker. Nice how people assume without sustence.

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The Flyers have been reasonably good at this, and I hope the Akeson guy works out, but man it would be nice if we actually had draft picks to sign instead of random non-drafted overage OHLers.

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Giroux shoots more than Akeson does. Never said Giroux wasn't a playmaker. Nice how people assume without sustence.
The statement was entirely tongue in cheek, as it's hard to believe. It's almost as if Giroux needs to be possessed to shoot the puck sometimes.

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Some scouting reports list Akeson as a ‘soft’ player with a slender build who doesn’t have enough elite speed or skill to play in the NHL. Whatever the case, Akeson doesn’t think so.

“It’s a little tough (to compare my game), but I guess I’m pretty good mold of Claude Giroux,” he said “He’s a pretty good buddy of mine and I like to look to him so I try to compare my game after his.”
http://thehockeyguys.net/?p=2993


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If this guy turns into Giroux II I'd be ok with it. I wouldn't complain a bit.

Not gonna get my hopes up though.

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