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.”
“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: