2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Player Evaluations: Kyle Clifford

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Kyle Clifford #13 of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kyle Clifford

#13 / Left Wing / Los Angeles Kings

6-2

208

Jan 13, 1991



GP G A P Points per 60 Possession Quality of Competition Finishing Luck
Clifford 11-12 81 5 7 12 .99 (9th) 3.55 (12th) -.960 (13th) 980 (10th)

In his 2nd NHL season, Kyle Clifford played in almost every regular season game. In the playoffs though, he was injured and became a regular scratch even after he healed up.

We'll take a brief look at his 11-12 season and what we might expect next year.


Positives

Penalty Differential

Even though Clifford is a hard nose player who is relied upon for toughness, he was able to make his mark this season by drawing almost as many penalties as he took. Compare his numbers to Kevin Westgarth who took 3 times as many penalties as he drew. That is a great sign given how young Clifford still is.


He looks like this:

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Negatives

Possession

Clifford’s possession numbers are very low when compared to the rest of the team. Still though when compared to some other players of his ilk on the squad (Westgarth, Fraser, Moreau), his numbers are more encouraging. Among those players listed above he was the only one that had the play going the right way when he was on the ice. Still one would like to see Clifford improve in this area especially in light of the revelations of Jordan Nolan and Dwight King. Both of whom’s production may send Clifford on to being a healthy scratch more often than not. You have to wonder if Clifford might have benefitted in his development from spening a few years in the AHL and earning more playing time.



JFTC Report Card Grade: C

Clifford needs to get a little better at driving the play in order to stave off becoming a one-dimensional player. He certainly has the ability to do so, but will he be able able to develop given his limited minutes and possibly riding the pine more often in 12-13?

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