Thoughts on Clifford from tonight's game against Sudbury.
Clifford had an OK game. He was in the thick of things offensively but mishandled a bunch of really good opportunities. Defensively and physically he played a very strong game though. He's taken great steps forward this season offensively. He's taking the puck to the net with confidence, he's doing a better job of getting himself in scoring position and he's (for the most part) been able to capitalize on chances. However to take that next step he's going to have to do a better job of being an offensive force in traffic. By that I mean, as a big guy he's got to do a better job handling the puck and getting shots off with defenders close or on top of him. As an offensive player at the next level, he's likely going to spend most of his time near the net and he's going to have to be able to use his size to give himself more time and space to get better shots towards the net.
Thanks Brock! (for this post and the post in the prospects board)
Jordan Nolan has equaled his goal total from last season 16 in about half the games. How good is this guy and does he have NHL potential?
It seems to me like the year after a player gets drafted really illustrates this individual's personality, and usually they tend to be positive signs. For example, Jordan Nolan equalling his goal total, like you said, from last season in about half the games, shows you that the kid is trying to prove to the Kings management that he's the real deal, he wants a shot in the AHL or maybe even in the show one day.
I have high hopes for Robby Czarnik, I don't know why, but I think he'll be a good player in the future, whether it's with the Kings or another organization
Glavine was drafted by both the Los Angeles Kings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (in the 4th round, 69th overall—two rounds ahead of future National Hockey League star Brett Hull and five rounds ahead of Luc Robitaille, both 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees), and the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball organization in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur baseball draft. Glavine elected to play baseball and made his major league debut on August 17, 1987.
A reminder to always draft diligently and never overlook anyone in the later rounds.
I like Roe's efforts thus far, hopefully he can make it to a farm club.
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
I think since he was drafted as a college player, LA has his rights for 4 yrs. I could be wrong.
Yes, but I believe he is actually eligible to play in the AHL at any point since he left college and signed with a junior team (a strange loophole in the AHL age rules, see David Meckler.) But yes I believe the Kings still mantain his rights until the time he would've graduated from college.