Garrett Klotz was drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. (courtesy Saskatoon Blades)
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’5”, 235-pound left wing Garrett Klotz (KLAWTZ) and 5’11”, 200-pound center Darroll Powe to entry-level contracts, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
Klotz, 19, recorded a goal and three assists for four points and 96 penalty minutes in 52 games for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League this past season. Over the last three seasons in the WHL, Klotz registered five goals and five assists for 10 points and 229 penalty minutes in 150 regular season games for the Red Deer Rebels (2005-06) and Saskatoon (2006-07 and 2007-08). He was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (66th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Powe, 22, registered nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points and 133 penalty minutes in 76 regular season games for the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, this past season. He was third on the team in penalty minutes with 133. He also has scored a goal in nine playoff games as the Phantoms currently play the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the AHL’s East Division Finals.
Over parts of the last two seasons with the Phantoms (2006-07 and 2007-08), Powe has recorded 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points and 153 penalty minutes in 87 regular season games. He posted four points (2G,2A) and 20 penalty minutes in 11 regular season games with the Phantoms after joining the team at the completion of his senior season at Princeton University (2006-07).
In four seasons with the Princeton Tigers (2003-04 through 2006-07), Powe registered 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points and 226 penalty minutes in 120 games. He was a two-time winner of The Richard F. Vaughan Cup (2006 and 2007), which is “awarded annually to that varsity player who best exemplifies perseverance and dedication to Princeton hockey.” He also won The Blackwell Trophy for the 2006-07 season, which is “awarded annually to that member of the Princeton varsity hockey team who in play, sportsmanship and influence has contributed most to the sport.”