2008-09: Jason Akeson returned to the Kitchener Rangers for his first full OHL season after appearing in 13 games in 2007-08 and was selected to the league’s Second All-Rookie team as an 18-year-old. Akeson was the second-leading scorer for Kitchener, which finished last in the Central Division. In 56 games he scored 20 goals with 44 assists and was +5 with 34 PMs.
2009-10: Akeson put up 80 points on the season playing alongside the likes of Jeff Skinner (CAR) and Jeremy Morin (CHI) as Kitchener was one of the big turnaround teams in hockey. The Rangers finished second in the Midwest Division and advanced to the semifinals of the OHL playoffs. Akeson scored 24 goals with 56 assists and was +8 with 24 PMs in 56 regular season games. In 20 playoff games he scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was +8 with 14 PMs.
2010-11: Akeson tied Ottawa 67’s Tyler Toffoli (LAK) for the OHL lead in points (108) and led the league in assists (84) as a 20-year-old in his third year with Kitchener. The Rangers finished second in the Midwest Division for the second straight year before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs . Akeson finished +20 in 67 games for Kitchener and was named the league’s Most Gentlemanly Player with 23 PMs. He also received the OHL’s Leo Lalonde Trophy as the top overage player. Akeson signed a free-agent, entry-level contract with Philadelphia in March 2011.
2011-12: Akeson was the leading scorer for Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack in his first pro season. Second on the Phantoms with 177 shots on goal, he scored 14 goals with 41 assists in 76 games and was minus-nine with 26 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Northeast Division.
2012-13: Akeson went from playing for the ECHL’s Trenton Titans, to leading the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms in scoring, to making his NHL debut and scoring his first NHL goal in his hometown in the Flyers’ 2-1 win at Ottawa. The second-year pro made his only NHL appearance in the Flyers’ season finale and finished plus-2 in 12:23 minutes of action. Prior to joining the Flyers, Akeson was the leading scorer for Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack. In 62 games with the Phantoms he scored 20 goals with 33 assists and was minus-6 with 27 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Akeson scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was minus-5 with 7 assists in 14 ECHL games for Trenton.
2013-14: Akeson joined the Flyers in April — skating in one regular season games and seven playoff contests — and was the leading scorer for Philadelphia AHL affiliate Adirondack. He had 1 assist and was plus-1 in 13:22 minutes of ice time in a 6-5 shootout loss to Carolina on April 13th. In the playoffs he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-2 with 4 penalty minutes; averaging 13 minutes of ice time. Akeson scored 24 goals with 40 assists and was minus-17 with 42 penalty minutes in 70 AHL games for the Phantoms. Adirondack missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. Akeson was re-signed by the Flyers to a one-year two-way contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014.
A speedy winger with great hands, Straka has learned to play effective hockey at both ends of the ice. Although he sometimes struggles with consistency, Straka has a nose for the net and will only get better as he continues to develop and get stronger. He earned his first NHL action in 2014-15, playing in three games for the Flyers.
Straka enters his third season with the Phantoms. He appears to be a lower-line forward or a reliable call up.