Kale Clague

by Philip on January 20, 2017

 

 


 

Kale Clague, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Born: 1998-06-05

Hometown: Lloydminster, AB

Drafted: 2nd round 2016 (51st overall)

 

Observations:

January 2016 - The offensive defenseman has shown continued improvement to his game with 23 points in 27 games (0.85 points per game) for the Brandon Wheat Kings, following last season's 0.60 points per game. Despite missing games, Clague leads the Wheat Kings' defense in scoring. Clague also played a prominent role for Team Canada at the world junior championship, scoring six points in seven games. Clague scored the most assists by a defenseman in the tournament and tied for third-most points by defensemen and for the fourth-best plus-minus overall in the tournament. Philip Kamhi

September 2016 – Following a season that saw Kale Clague boast 43 points in 71 games (13 NHL equivalent points) with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Clague was selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft. The Kings, although lacking a first-round selection, get a top-end offensive defenseman who many (including Bob McKenzie) believed would be selected higher. Clague played on an excellent team (on a second pairing behind Ivan Provorov). After missing most of his rookie season, he started slowly, which likely contributed to him falling to a lower draft position. Already a dynamic skater with an excellent pass, Clague will need to bulk up before playing stronger competition. Provorov, in whose shadow Clague has been playing, will likely turn pro this season, leaving a spot for Clague on the top pairing. Much of his success this season could be determined by how much strength the 177-pound defenseman can add. Philip Kamhi

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Clague projects to be an offensively talented second-pairing defenseman, with first-pairing power-play potential.

 

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