Jason Akeson

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  1. RoyBoyCoy

    RoyBoyCoy Habs and Rugby

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    ... is tearing the OHL to pieces. He was invited to camp by the Ducks, but did they sign him?

    If not, is he re-entering the draft Azevedo style? Can he? Will someone sign him? Does he have what it takes to play in the NHL one day?

    He's obviously putting up a lot of points and his stats look more like a playmaker. What can you tell me about his style of play? Strengths? Weaknesses?
     
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    Rare Jewel Patience

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    He's too old now to be drafted now.

    And it's not uncommon that overagers rack points up like nothing either. But I've seen a few Rangers games this year and he may have pro(NHL) potential. But it's most likely he'll get signed to AHL contract first.
     
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    The thing about Akeson for me is that we never really got to see him perform as a 16or 17 year old. And ever since, when his numbers are brought up, they're mitigated by the mention of his age. Is there a chance that he's just another smallish, older OHL player running up big stats? Of course, but because his first season was on that loaded OHL Championship Kitchener team, we have no idea what his pre-draft numbers could have looked like.

    Now, that having been said, the scouts have had two full seasons to see him in an offensive role since then. So, there's perhaps a good reason why he's been overlooked.
     
  4. alienanton*

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    so can he be drafted in 2011 or not?

    june birthday, so can't he go through 3 draft years? 09, 10, 11?
     
  5. ocarina

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    He will be 21 by that time, so he is an undrafted FA right now.
     
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    Torts Dont Doubt the Trout

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    anaheim will sign him to AHL contract

    see how he does in camp

    he's pro hockey rdy right now tho
     
  7. TheKingSlayer

    TheKingSlayer He was in the way!

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    I'm bumping this... because I also want to know a little more about him. Why is he not draft eligible for 2011? Ever player has 3 draft eligible years no? Why would he not be allowed his third?
     
  8. Brandinho

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    What are you talking about?

    He was first eligible in '08. Wasn't picked. Then '09. Wasn't picked. Then '10. Wasn't picked. That's 3.
     
  9. Tim Wallach

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    First, he can indeed be signed by anyone now and likely some team will give him an AHL shot next year.

    Now, on his scouting reports, as a season ticket holder I can give you the run-down:

    The Good:
    - exceptional stick-handler
    - great vision and adept passer
    - doesn't panic at all, even in tight spaces with guys right on him
    - under-rated speed... doesn't look above average but can fly when he has a lane
    - very shifty on one-on-ones... great at buying time
    - accurate shot

    The Bad:
    - a bit smallish and can get muscled off the puck by pro-ready guys
    - not a pure sniper, more a pass-first (not really a negative, but a limitation)
    - gets hit hard from time to time
    - a bit of a tendency to embellish
    - stays a bit on the periphery as he lacks any power presence

    The Verdict:
    - Good skill guy, but not amongst the elite I've seen in junior over the years and not a solid enough physical package to grind it out in the scoring areas with bigger guys. Thus, I don't think he's a legit NHL prospect but he's the type who would have a solid career in Europe potentially.
     
  10. TheKingSlayer

    TheKingSlayer He was in the way!

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    How was he eligible for '08? He's a 1990.. that was the '09 draftees. Is it because of his birthdate? I don't know when the cut off is...
     
  11. ocarina

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    He's a June '90 birth, so he would of been first eligible in 2008 (players are eligible when they turn 18). The cutoff date is September 15th (meaning that a player can technically be 17 when drafted as long as he was born before that date).
     
  12. TheKingSlayer

    TheKingSlayer He was in the way!

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    I'm not sure I follow... Kadri was a 1990 born and he was drafted in '09..
     
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    He was born Oct. 6th, after the cut-off date.
     

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