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On A Kings Team Filled With Amazing Young Talent, It’s Easy To Forget 22 Year Old Budding Star Kyle Clifford Is The Youngest Of Them All.

By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •

Kyle Clifford has had his share of praise this season and deservedly so. Next to Jeff Carter, he’s easily having the best start on the team keeping pace with the likes of Kopitar and Brown. Below are a few looks at Kyle from different perspectives from around the Kingdom starting first with Player-X over at HoldThePoint.com:

“With a center ice pinch and deft takeaway, Clifford created a 2 on 1 with Trevor Lewis. The Jackets D-man went to the ice to block the pass, Clifford shot from the left wing across the net, and the puck went in between goalie Bobrovsky’s pad and glove. Gotta love this kid; he’s starting to look like a Scott Hartnell type, maybe not quite the hands, but size, speed and a legitimate offensive threat.

Knight of the Realm has to go to Clifford, again. His solo play sparked the Kings, and for a long time it looked like a 1-0 game with few shots (22LAK-13CBJ) and far fewer chances.”

Jon Rosen over at LA Kings Insider unearthed some interesting Clifford stats this morning:

“Clifford has been very good, and his underrated speed and nose for driving to the net has been rewarded by the most consistent offensive performance of his career. He is on pace for 28 points in 48 games, which would double his career high of 14 points, set in his 76-game 19-year old rookie season of 2010-11.

Throughout his career, he has averaged exactly one shot per game. He has appeared in 169 career games, taking 169 shots. This year, he has taken 12 shots in 12 games. Darryl Sutter has been advocating Clifford to shoot more, and if he does – considering he’s someone who attempts the majority of his shots from close range – he’s likely to see a spike in his goal output…”

John Hoven over at MayorsManor.com posted this Clifford quote:

On his developing power game: “I definitely want to develop my game. I don’t want to be just a fighter so to say, and it’s just a matter of building on it. It’s about being patient and it’s going to come.”

And Gann Matsuda over at Frozen Royalty was kind enough to post this audio clip of Clifford after the game last night:

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Audio by: FrozenRoyalty.net

And finally, here’s Clifford’s second goal of the season

  • Mars

    22 and has a serious yamaka burn already? He must have been wearing that helmet since he was a toddler. And his recent play has shown it.

    I hope he takes DS’s advice and shoots more.
    He this season has had quality shots and chances, more so shots though, he has a good read, I hope he keeps it up.

    My fear is that he is coming closer to UFA and is having one of those UP years before signing. He has great guys around him, lets hope he builds on it.

  • http://HoldThePoint.com PlayerXatHoldThePoint

    Thanks for the cite… I’ve always appreciated Clifford’s grit, heart, etc., what made him a solid 4th liner. He gained a real sense of angling on the forecheck under Murray, but now Sutter is turning him loose and the hands are starting to catch up with his feet. Fun to see him play, too, no telling how good he can really be.

  • Al Salt

    Paul, there is no comparison to last year and this year on Clifford’s play. His skating has improved by gazillions, his movement with the puck and his shot hs improved by bizillions. The kid is going to be a heck of a lot more then what I think anyone had ever projected of him. He looks so darn good this season, it’s scary………. for the other team.

  • Al Salt

    I know it’s a little hard to see, but the photo in my resonse is the famous Cominco Arena home of the W.I.H.L. and 1960 world champs the Trail SmokeEaters.

  • @puck73

    Kyle Clifford looks like a completely different hockey player this season so far. A couple of things here, #1..its obvious he worked hard in the off season, #2..playing with the Ontario Reign during the lockout kept him in game shape, and mentally sharp, and #3…he isnt even in his prime yet. Most players drafted at 18 dont come into their own until beyween the ages of 24 and 27.

    Kyle Clifford is still growing, physically and mentally….look out NHL.