Derek Mathers
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Derek Mathers

Hometown:

Strathroy Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-08-04

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

7th round (206th overall), 2011

Weight:

226 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Derek Mathers was a defenseman for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs midget minor team. In 20 games, he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and had 60 PMs. Mathers was selected by the Peterborough Petes in the 4th round (79th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Mathers played for the Strathroy Rockets in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and scored 2 goals with 5 assists and 53 PMs in 43 games.

2010-11: Mathers had a team-leading 171 penalty minutes with Peterborough as an OHL rookie. Playing forward for the Petes, who had the second-worst record in the league and missed the playoffs, Mathers scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -11 plus/minus. Mathers was ranked 197th amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings but was not among the 210 players in the final rankings. He was selected by the Flyers in the 7th round (206th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Mathers made his pro hockey debut – skating in nine late season games for Flyers’ AHL affiliate Adirondack after his season with the Peterborough Petes had ended. He had no points and was minus-two with 26 penalty minutes during his stint with the Phantoms — who missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the Northeast Division. Mathers was one of the OHL’s heavyweights in his second season with Peterborough, finishing third in the league with 177 penalty minutes. He scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was minus-19 in 65 games for a Peterborough team that missed the OHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the East Division.

2012-13: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Flyers in May of 2012, Mathers returned to Peterborough for his third junior season and joined Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack following the OHL season. In 12 games with the Phantoms he scored 1 goal and was -4 with 24 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Mathers had a career-high 29 points with Peterborough (10 goals, 19 assists) and was +1 while leading the Petes in penalty minutes (125) for the third straight season. He picked his spots better – knocking 52 minutes off his PIM total from the previous season. The Petes missed the playoffs for the third straight year – finishing one point behind Kingston and Mississauga for the final two Eastern Conference spots.

2013-14: Mathers appeared in 34 games for Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season; primarily in an enforcer, energy line role. He scored 2 goals and was minus-4 with 105 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division.

Talent Analysis

Mathers is one of the toughest fighters in minor pro hockey and is the prototypical energy forward with the size and strength to fill that role. A defenseman during his youth hockey days, Mathers does possess a big shot and decent hands but his skating and agility will need to improve. Mathers' work ethic is a plus and he is popular with teammates.

Future

Mathers is once again with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2014-15. Long-term, his main role appears to be that of a heavyweight enforcer and lower line forward.

 

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