Kyle Clifford
Kyle Clifford
30-Year-Old Left WingLW
St. Louis Blues
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Clifford's 10th season with Los Angeles was cut short, as he was traded to the Maple Leafs at the deadline. Between the two teams, Clifford accrued seven goals, 10 assists, 133 hits and six fights while toiling in a fourth-line role. Clifford's selling point is his physicality, something that was sorely missed in St. Louis without Pat Maroon last year. He won't be on fantasy radars, but his opponents will surely know where he is on the ice. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Blues in October of 2020.
Snaps drought with assist
LWSt. Louis Blues
March 1, 2021
Clifford posted an assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Monday's 5-4 win over the Ducks.
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Clifford set up Dakota Joshua's second-period tally as the Blues got offense from all over the lineup Monday. The helper snapped a six-game point drought for Clifford. The tough winger has four points, 29 shots on net, 29 hits and 12 PIM through 20 contests this year.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    8:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:12
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
10:29
0:13
0:01
2019–20
11:41
0:08
0:07
2019–20
9:33
0:01
0:08
2020–21
8:55
0:02
0:12
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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.
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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Buries third goal
LWSt. Louis Blues
February 13, 2021
Clifford scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Coyotes.
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Goal and fight in blowout win
LWSt. Louis Blues
January 30, 2021
Clifford scored a goal and added five PIM in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
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Gets goal for birthday
LWSt. Louis Blues
January 13, 2021
Clifford tallied a goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Avalanche.
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Inks deal in St. Louis
LWSt. Louis Blues
October 11, 2020
Clifford signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Blues on Sunday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
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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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