2006-07: Will Acton skated for the Stouffville Spirit in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. In his third season with the Spirit he scored 16 goals with 13 assists and had 63 penalty minutes in 33 games.
2007-08: Acton played 36 games for Lake Superior State University in his freshman season. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -9 with 22 penalty minutes. The Lakers tied Alaska for ninth in the CCHA and lost to Bowling Green in a three-game first round playoff series.
2008-09: Acton skated in 38 of 39 games for Lake Superior State as a sophomore. Teamed with sophomore center Rick Schofield and senior winger Josh Sim much of the season, he scored 7 goals with 9 assists and was +3 with 53 penalty minutes. Lake Superior State finished tied for tenth place with Michigan State in the CCHA and lost to Western Michigan in a three-round series after taking the first game and losing Game 2 in double overtime.
2009-10: Acton was Lake Superior State’s second-leading scorer in his junior season. In 36 games he scored 10 goals with 14 assists and was -2 with 39 penalty minutes. The Lakers finished tenth in the CCHA and were swept by Michigan in the first round of the CCHA tournament.
2010-11: Acton made his pro hockey debut with the ECHL’s Reading Royals in a March 23rd game following his senior season at Lake Superior State before joining the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He was scoreless in his only game with Reading and in five AHL games he was -2 with no points nor penalty minutes. Acton was the Lakers’ third-leading scorer in his final college season, finishing with 9 goals and 15 assists, and was -6 with 18 penalty minutes. Lake Superior State was eighth in the CCHA and swept Ohio State in the first round before falling to Notre Dame in a three-game CCHA quarterfinal series.
2011-12: Acton signed an AHL contract with the Marlies in July 2011 and attended NHL camp with the Maple Leafs before spending his first pro season in the AHL. In 69 games with the Marlies he scored 7 goals with 9 assists and was +5 with 58 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Calder Cup finals against Norfolk. Acton skated in all 17 playoff games, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist, and was -2 with 9 penalty minutes. He was re-signed by the Marlies to a one-year contract in July 2012.
2012-13: Acton skated for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his second pro season. A two-way forward, he scored 8 goals with 11 assists in 67 games and was +1 with 60 penalty minutes. Toronto was first in the North Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Acton was the Marlies’ second-leading goal scorer in the playoffs, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists, and was +3 with 12 penalty minutes. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with Edmonton in July 2013.
Acton has been dealt to the Vancouver Canucks by the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Kellan Lain.