After three years, Darroll Powe has returned to the Flyers organization. The Flyers signed Powe to a one-year AHL contract. The Phantoms gain another great veteran player who will help the youngsters find their way in the pros. Powe is regarded as a role player, but his accolades make him the best player to don no. 36 for the Flyers.
The 29-year-old is one of the few Ivy League players who made the opening day roster back in the 2012-13 season. Powe earned his degree in sociology at Princeton University and played for the ice hockey team for four years.
Powe is another example of the Flyers prowess with undrafted free agents. He spent three years with the Philadelphia Phantoms before his call-up to the NHL.
Powe made a name for himself in the NHL with his relentless forechecking and penalty-killing. As a versatile checking-line forward, he never cracked more than 20 points in a season, but he always brought energy to his team and played a hard-nosed style of hockey.
The Flyers traded Powe in 2011 to the Minnesota Wild for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. After his first season with the Wild, Powe could never seem to find the same consistency that made him a strong role player. He was traded to the New York Rangers after two seasons and spent the 2013-14 season with the Hartford Wolfpack, the AHL affiliate of the Rangers.
During his three years with the Flyers, Powe only spent one full season with the team in 2010-11. He totaled 17 points in his final season with the Flyers. Overall, he scored 22 goals and piled up 43 points during his tenure with the orange and black.
Personal memory of Darroll Powe.
Darroll Powe was never known for his offensive skills, but he provided a key goal on February 15, 2011 during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning .
The Flyers were up 2-1 with just more than 11 minutes to go in the second period. Powe caught a Lightning player sleeping and jostled the puck loose. Using his speed to create separation, Powe looked to have a breakaway until Steven Stamkos impeded him from behind. The referee awarded a penalty shot.
The Flyers would end up winning the game in a seven-round shootout. You can watch it here.