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By: Tyler J. Altemose (@TJamesAltemose)
The Flyers have made their first offseason move, signing 2011 7th round pick Derek Mathers of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 6’3”, 227 pound right-winger wore the “A” for the Peterborough Petes last season before being sent up to the Adirondack Phantoms as they made their last-minute playoff push. Mathers recorded 9G 8A for 17 points in 65 games with the Petes and went scoreless with the Phantoms in 9 games.
Mathers is a tough, gritty player, never lacking in energy and never willing to back down from a fight. He recorded 177 PIM in the OHL last season and 26 in the AHL. Flyers fans can think of Mathers as a larger version of forward Zac Rinaldo.
Dustin Leed (@D_LEED) of The Hockey Guys was able to obtain some information about Mathers from Petes GM Dave Reid last year. Said Reid,
“Derek has excellent skills and a very good head for the game. He enjoys the physical part of the gam...