Philadelphia Flyers Enforcer of the Future: Derek Mathers

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Philadelphia Flyers Enforcer of the Future: Derek Mathers
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With their last pick in the 2011 NHL Entry draft, the Philadelphia Flyers selected a 6'3", 230-pound prospect named Derek Mathers.

Mathers played 55 games last season for the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes. Though totaling just five points, Mathers fought 27 times and notched 171 penalty minutes.

Mathers is the scariest 17-year-old in hockey today. His massive size at such a young age is frightening, and there are few players capable of handling him in a fight.

Mathers will have to work on his playing skills to eventually make an NHL lineup, but there should be no worrying with the development of his abilities as the Flyers' next great enforcer.

A few fights from this past season display those abilities.

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