New Buffalo Sabres acquisition Jason Akeson is in trouble with the Department of Player Safety already.
He is scheduled to have a hearing with the Department following a charge and illegal check to the head on Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening in a 5-2 Sabres preseason loss on Wednesday.
Akeson caught Greening on an open ice check as Greening cut through the middle of the ice. Akeson had to answer the bell with Travis Ewanyk after the hit.
The former Philadelphia Flyer signed with the Sabres this summer, taking a two-way deal to compete for a roster spot through training camp.
Many have been high on the 25-year-old winger as a prospect, particularly after he looked solid scoring two goals and an assist through seven playoff games in the 2013-14 season. Prior to those playoffs, he’d only played two NHL games, through which he had a goal and an assist.
He grabbed 13 games in the NHL last year, but failed to register any points. That performance didn’t earn him a new contract from Philly. He did, however, put up some gaudy numbers in the AHL, scoring 23 goals and 53 points through 57 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, which was good enough to get a crack at the Buffalo roster.
Here’s a look at the Akeson hit:
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