Kyle Clifford
Kyle Clifford
29-Year-Old Left WingLW
Toronto Maple Leafs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While the classic fists-first enforcer is a dinosaur in the current era, Clifford is the modern equivalent, attempting to change the momentum of a game with his physical play rather than his scoring prowess. The 28-year-old has racked up triple-digit hits in every season of his career despite bouncing between the fourth line and the press box and never averaging even 11 minutes of ice time a night. That said, Clifford did produce a career-high 11 goals and 21 points last season, getting additional offensive opportunities as a struggling Kings team scrambled for answers. He might not get those chances again in 2019-20, as Los Angeles will likely turn to younger prospects instead during the club's rebuild, but Clifford should still provide a steadying presence in a bottom-six role. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $8 million contract extension with the Kings in February of 2015. Traded to the Maple Leafs in February of 2020.
Will hit open market
LWToronto Maple Leafs
September 16, 2020
According to his agent Todd Reynolds, Clifford will be testing the free-agent market this summer, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
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Toronto picked up Clifford at the trade deadline in a package deal that involved Jack Campbell, Trevor Moore and two third-round picks, but the Maple Leafs have already begun actively shedding salary in order to open up enough space to sign a top-four blueliner this offseason, and Clifford will undoubtedly be looking for a raise on the $1.6 million he's currently making annually, so it's not surprising to see he likely won't be re-signing with the Leafs. The 29-year-old winger picked up seven goals and 17 points in 69 games during the regular season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    11:41
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:07
  • Average Time On Ice:
    9:33
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:08
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
10:33
0:06
0:02
2018–19
10:29
0:13
0:01
2019–20
11:41
0:08
0:07
2019–20
9:33
0:01
0:08
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Unless your league rewards physical play, Clifford doesn't really have much value. He's never topped 15 points in a season, and his PIM numbers has diminished quite a bit from the 100-plus totals he put up in his first two NHL campaigns. His best quality is his ability to dish out hits, as he recorded 81 in just 50 games last season, so if you're in a deep league that values defense, he could be worth a look. Otherwise, you'll have no trouble finding better options.
The veteran winger is responsible in his own end and has improved his possession game over the years. He posted a career-high 2.9 Relative Corsi For percentage last season -- a comparison of possession value against the rest of the team -- which was the first time he recorded a positive mark in the category. Considering his limited puck skills and offensive ability, that's an encouraging sign for his long-term chance of sticking in the league. After all, Clifford's rambunctious physicality and willingness to drop the gloves are his calling card at the highest level. As a result, he's still a service fantasy asset in formats including PIM and hits. Clifford just can't be counted on to put up viable offensive numbers.
Clifford has led the Kings in PIMs in each of his four seasons, though his totals have dropped in each season. He's one of the lowest possession-time forwards on the Kings and finished with the lowest point totals among regulars, but doesn't seem to be on the verge of losing his spot in the lineup. He'll return in a bottom-six role for the Kings.
Clifford parlayed some strong play at the start of the season into a regular role with the Kings, posting 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 48 games. He's young enough (22) to take a step forward offensively, but doesn't ever figure to put up more than a dozen goals in the NHL. He'll give the Kings some young legs, but limited offensive upside in a third or fourth line role again.
Clifford had a forgettable regular season (five goals and seven assists in 81 games) before suffering a concussion in the Kings' first playoff game and playing in just two postseason games after that. He's still just 21 and has the ability to move up to a third-line role, but the Kings have a host of left wingers competing with Clifford for a roster spot. He has the ability to put up double-digit goal totals, but the emergence of guys like Kyle Westgarth and Jordan Nolan muddy his outlook.
Clifford filled the pugilist role for the Kings with Wayne Simmonds moving up the lineup and rewarded his owners with 141 PIMs in 76 games. He's never going to score much, though he did tally five points in six playoff games, and doesn't see much ice time but figures to be a nightly presence in the Kings' lineup for those looking for some goon points.
Clifford has the size (6'1", 200 pounds) to play in the NHL right now and could conceivably push for a roster spot this year after spending the last three years in the OHL if the Kings decide to add some grit to their lineup but his offensice game isn't ready for the NHL just yet. He's likely ticketed for the AHL this season.
Clifford was a bit of a reach when the Kings took him in the second round of the '09 entry draft but the Kings like his work ethic. His future is more of a rugged, physical forward who doesn't figure to light the lamp very often.
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First point with new team
LWToronto Maple Leafs
February 16, 2020
Clifford picked up an assist and two hits in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sabres.
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Traded to Maple Leafs
LWToronto Maple Leafs
February 5, 2020
Clifford was traded to the Maple Leafs along with goalie Jack Campbell, in exchange for Trevor Moore, a 2020 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2021 third-round pick.
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Two-point effort in SO loss
LWLos Angeles Kings
January 14, 2020
Clifford scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning.
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Contributes assist
LWLos Angeles Kings
January 6, 2020
Clifford had an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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Opens scoring Tuesday
LWLos Angeles Kings
December 31, 2019
Clifford netted a goal in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers.
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