The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed RW Derek Mathers and LW Andrew Johnston to entry-level contracts, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Mathers, 18 (8/4/93), was selected by the Flyers in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In 65 games with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League last season, the 6-3, 225-lb native of Strathroy, Ontario scored nine goals and added eight assists for 17 points while gathering 177 PIM. He joined the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, at the conclusion of Peterborough’s season and accrued 26 PIM in nine games. Johnston, 20 (7/6/91) comes to the Flyers as an undrafted free agent out of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, where he appeared in 58 games for the Humboldt Broncos last season. The 6-1, 178-pound native of Saskatoon recorded 29 goals and 52 assists for 81 points and led the Broncos to the league’s Anavet Cup championship.