Kale Clague – Kale Clague could be the sleeper pick this year. Clague caught my eye at the WJC 2017. Though on paper it didn’t look like an impressive outing (7gp 0g 2a 2pts) I noticed it was the little things he did well (His skating is incredible and he has an NHL caliber shot to name a few).
I’ve kept a closer eye on his development than any other prospect. The kid is an assist machine.
Clague has never scored less than 40 points in a season and in his most recent split between the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Moose Jaw Warriors Clague scored 11g 60a and 71pts making him the third highest scoring Defenceman in the league despite playing 9-18 fewer games than those who scored more than him.
Again if we adjust Clague’s stats to the highest amount of games played amongst the top 5 Defensive point getters Clague scores a league-leading 95 points 15 more than the top scoring defenseman.
So that’s now two LA Kings prospects who -if it weren’t for their shortened seasons- would have led their league in their respective positions in points. For a reference compare Clague’s 71 points in 54 games to Doughty’s 50 points in 58 games.
Those are big shoes to fill and we don’t know if he’ll be able to produce at the NHL level yet but these statistics show promise!
Verdict: Clague has 3 years on his ELC He will get a look if there’s an injury but he will most likely spend his year in Ontario. I currently have him slotted in behind another defensive prospect for this season based solely off of their contracts. Expect him to make the LA Kings roster full time in 2019-2020.