Then and Now: Darroll Powe

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Darroll Powe endured four years at Princeton University, where he was an alternate captain in 2005-2006 and the team’s captain in 2006-2007, before he signed an AHL contract with the Philadelphia Phantoms in March of 2007. He had two goals and two assists in 11 contests with the Phantoms, as he also compiled 20 PIMs and a minus-3 rating in his first taste of professional hockey.

In 2007-2008, Powe spent the entire season with the Phantoms, as he was a member of a squad that finished fourth in the 14-team AHL Eastern Conference with 99 points. Powe finished ninth on the team in points with 23, as he had nine goals and 14 helpers. He also finished third on the team with 133 PIMs, as only Triston Grant and Nate Guenin spent more time in the sin bin.

Powe’s first full season with the Phantoms saw him record a career-high nine fighting majors, eight of which came in the regular season. The forward dropped the gloves with Mark Fraser, Dennis Bonvie, Dane Byers, and Tim Conboy.

As for the 2008 AHL postseason, Powe had one goal in 10 games, as the Phantoms beat the Albany River Rats in a seven-game opening series before losing to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens in five during the second round.

In May of 2008, the Flyers, on the same day, announced that they had signed Powe and Garrett Klotz to entry-level contracts. Klotz, who was picked 66th overall by Philly in the third round of the 2007 NHL Draft, has yet to play a single game in the NHL and played in 35 of his 37 games this year with the Fort Wayne Komets, who is the Anaheim Ducks’ ECHL affiliate.

Powe got his first taste of NHL action in the 2008-2009 season with the Flyers, as he took part in 60 games for the Flyers. He had six goals and five assists for the Orange and Black, while he also had seven points in eight games for the Phantoms during the same season.

Powe’s first NHL goal came on December 9th, 2008, as he beat Yann Danis in the second period in a 4-3 Flyers’ win over the New York Islanders (go to 2:40).

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His next goal came in a Flyers’ 5-3 on January 21st, 2009 against the Atlanta Thrashers. The tally is likely Powe’s most athletic goal in the NHL career (go to 2:20).

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Although the 2009 NHL playoffs were short for the Flyers, Powe posted his highest point total for any of his four trips to the highest level of the playoffs, as he had a goal and two assists. His only NHL playoff goal came in Game 2 of the 2009 ECQF against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period of an eventual 3-2 overtime loss.

The following season was the first of the forward’s two full seasons with the Flyers, as he had nine goals and six helpers in 63 games during the regular season. Powe missed time due to a strained left shoulder and a foot injury.

Powe took part in all 23 of the Flyers’ 2010 postseason games before Philly’s magical run ended in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. His only point came in Game 1 of the SCF, as he had the secondary helper on Blair Betts’ only goal of the 2010 playoff run.

In 2010-2011, Powe had his highest point total for a single season with the Flyers, as he had seven goals and 10 helpers in 81 games. He missed one game all season due to having the flu in March.

Powe had one of his more memorable fights during the 2010-2011 season, as he pounded Maxim Lapierre in a Flyers’ 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on November 16th, 2010. As Philly saw their 10-game point streak slipping away in the third period, Powe decided to drop the gloves with Lapierre and proceed to punch away.

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Similar to the 2010 postseason, Powe took part in all of the Flyers’ games and recorded just one point. Taking part in all seven of Philly’s games against the Buffalo Sabres in the ECQF and all four games of the Boston Bruins’ sweep of the Orange and Black in the ECSF. Powe’s lone point came in Game 3 of the ECSF, as he had the primary assist on Andrej Meszaros’ tally in the second period.

In June of 2011, Paul Holmgren shipped Powe to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. The Flyers traded the pick, along with a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Nicklas Grossmann. The Stars than dealt the pick and Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Dallas selected left winger Matej Paulovic and Pittsburgh picked Jake Guentzel.

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In his only full season with the Wild, Powe had six goals, one of which came against the Flyers, and seven assists, as he suited up in each and every regular season game for Minnesota. He was also minus-20 with 57 PIMs, as he dropped the gloves with Scott Nichol, Chuck Kobasew, Tanner Glass, and Steve Ott twice. The Wild failed to make the playoffs, as they finished 12th in the Western Conference with a record of 35-36-11.

Powe started the shortened 2013 season with the Wild, as he failed to produce a point in eight games before being dealt to the New York Rangers. Along with Nick Palmieri, Powe was transferred to the Flyers’ rival in exchange for Mike Rupp.

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In his 34 regular season games and three playoff games, Powe failed to register a single point, didn’t record a single fighting major, posted 18 PIMs, and had a minus-2 rating. Powe suited up for Games 1, 2, and 3 of the Rangers ECQF series against the Washington Capitals.

The 4th of July didn’t treat Powe very nicely, as the Saskatoon native was placed on waivers by the Blueshirts on Thursday, according to multiple reports. He has yet to join a new club.