Jason Akeson, a restricted free agent, signed a one-year, two-way contract to remain with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Akeson’s qualifying offer was for $715,000, however the deal signed could be worth much more. No financial details have been disclosed. He hit his cap during his entry level contract at the same price.
The 23 year old played only one game with the Flyers during the 2013-14 campaign and recorded one assist. He had two goals and one assist during seven Stanley Cup Playoff games played on a line with Matt Read and Sean Couturier. The post season games were the key to proving he has what it takes to play at the major league level.
Akeson has been a leading scorer while playing with the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Phantoms, where he recorded 64 points in 70 games.
This could potentially be Akeson’s chance to prove his versatility on the ice at an NHL level. If he shows enough potential during training camp, he has a great chance to join the Flyers at the start of the season rather than staying in the AHL. Coach Craig Berube has stated a number of times that he was impressed with the young players playoff performance.
The Flyers made qualifying offers to Tye McGinn, Brandon Manning and Erik Gustafsson. The franchise has retained the right to match any other teams offers to these players on the chance that it occurs.
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