Player Profile: Darroll Powe
Born – 6/22/1985
Position – C
Ht – 5’11”
Wt – 212
Shoots – Left
The Wild traded for Powe this off season and, instantly, Twitter became inundated with comments about how great of an addition he was – not because of his goal scoring acumen or his unbelievable offensive talent, but because of his character, his work ethic and what he brings to the rink every night.
In other words, Powe is a great addition for all of the right reasons. By all accounts, he’s a great guy and a player that will make Minnesota more difficult to play against. He’s not going to be a 20-plus goal scorer – in fact, he’s never broken 30 points in his career, pro or otherwise.
Last season, Powe was 21st in the NHL with 196 hits. Add that to Cal Clutterbuck’s 336 and the 169 that both Eric Nystrom and Greg Zanon had and, well, you get the picture of the team that Chuck Fletcher is trying to assemble. One that’s exceedingly difficult and annoying to play against, and not because they shut down the neutral zone.
You can tell from his size that Powe is going to be another little bowling ball, just like Clutterbuck. Pair the two on the same line and you’re going to have one potent forecheck that’s going to cause a lot of mistakes just simply because of the physical play that they bring.
What we don’t know, yet, is how he’s going to fit in. His offensive game has improved every season that he’s been in the league but, then again, so did the Flyers offense. He’s going to be leaving an offensive juggernaut where he played about 12 minutes per night to a team that is just growing into its newfound offense, where he might play a bit more or a bit less than that, depending on the situation.
Is it an ideal situation for him?
Probably not, but he’s going to do what he does best. He’s going to show up to the rink every day and he’s going to play hard. What that brings him, we’ll just have to wait and see, but I think it’s going to be fun to watch.
If the line combination for the Wild’s first pre-season game is any indication, it looks like Powe is going to be on the team’s third line with Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck. That means he’s going to be playing with two players that have some offensive up side. Does that mean we’ll see an up tick in his production? Probably, but not by a marked amount. He’s improved every season he’s been in the league, and playing with two players that are going to look to find the back of the net as well as shutting down the opposing lines might help his production.
He’ll be used on the penalty kill and he’ll be used at even strength, but I would wager that he’ll get little to no power play time unless the game is out of hand one way or the other.
So, what’s that mean? Well, don’t expect the world offensively from him, but expect him to play his role well.
As I mentioned, he’s improved every season he’s been in the league and he’s going to be playing with a couple players with some offensive upside, so seeing him improve on last season’s stats wouldn’t be out of the question. Again, though, he’s never been what anyone would call an offensive power house, so keep your expectations tempered.
My prediction for Darroll Powe this season is:
GP 71, 10 G, 10 A, 20 PTS