Akeson Scores in NHL Debut
OTTAWA -- The storyline couldn't have been drawn up any more perfect for Flyers prospect Jason Akeson.
Playing in his home town, Akeson made his NHL debut in the final game of the 2013 season, a 2-1 win for the Flyers against the Ottawa Senators. What made the moment even more sweet for Akeson was the fact he scored his first NHL goal in that game as well.
“Just playing in an NHL game was something special; something I’ll always remember,” Akeson said. “And to score a goal, it makes it that much more special.”
Just three minutes and 46 seconds into the game, Akeson found the back of the net, scoring the game's first goal. It was just the second shift of his NHL career.
It was a goal-scorer's goal at that. Akeson started the play when he created the turnover in the offensive zone, poking the puck forward to Claude Giroux.
Giroux jabbed at the loose puck, which was saved by Senator's goaltender Craig Anderson. With a jucy rebound left out front, Akeson followed up to snap a wrister over Anderson's left shoulder to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
Akeson also got to play the entire game skating with the Flyers' top line of Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Skating with such talented players as the team's two leading point-getters set Akeson up with scoring chances all game.
Akeson enjoyed 12:12 of ice time. He tallied a couple shots on goal, two takeaways and was a plus-1 in his debut.
Some of Akeson's former Phantoms teammates took to twitter and were proud of the 22-year-old's milestone tally.
He even earned his first battle scar in the NHL. Akeson received a cut underneath his left eye during the game, but to him it's all a part of the game.
"I gotta little hit there, but chicks dig scars, so it's all right," Akeseon said to reporters after the game.
Phantoms forward Garrett Roe tweeted "Congrats JA!!! All those one timers
@TyeMcGinn and I fed you in the slot are finally paying off. #itsallaboutyou." Tye McGinn also tweeted his pride in his teammate Akeson.
Even Phantoms broadcaster Bob Rotruck got into the act of congratulating Akeson. He tweeted, "Coming back over to my personal twitter to officially and personally congratulate
@JasonAkeson . Really happy for the kid. #gottabetheflow."
Akeson also talked about his mother, Patricia Wheatley, who is in remission after receiving cancer treatments. Akeson talked about her being an inspiration to him. You can read more of that story over on Philly.com.