|Assets:||Is a physical force who is also willing to drop the gloves. Can play a regular shift because he's responsible. Owns a little scoring upside thanks to his grit and constant net presence. Good on the forecheck, he's relentless.|
|Flaws:||Needs to continue working on his puck skills in order to receive more ice time at the National Hockey League level. Could also stand to upgrade his overall skating speed, which is only average by NHL standards.|
|Career Potential:||Physical complementary winger with a little upside.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2011-12 (Los Angeles)|
|11/20/2012||Signed by the Ontario Reign (ECHL).|
|5/15/2012||Missed the last 9 playoff games (concussion).|
|3/24/2011||Missed 2 games (head injury).|
|3/19/2011||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|9/24/2009||Returned to his junior team (Barrie-OHL).|
|9/22/2009||Signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a three-year entry level contract.|
|6/27/2009||Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2nd round (35th overall) in 2009.|
Sutter won't confirm Clifford's Game 4 status | 05/21/2013 4:16 PM
NewsLos Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't confirm if Kyle Clifford will be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactWe didn't expect Sutter to reveal anything about his lineup until he absolutely has to minutes before the puck drops. However, Clifford said Monday he was ready to return and both team's beat writers seem to believe he'll be in the lineup Tuesday night. Stay tuned.
Kyle Clifford expects to play Tuesday | 05/20/2013 6:10 PM
NewsTo update an earlier post, Kyle Clifford expects to play in Game 4 Tuesday night.
Impact"It definitely looks that way," Clifford said after practice Monday. "It feels good to get back in the lineup. Playing with those guys, it's going to be a lot of fun." He skated on the fourth line with Brad Richardson and Colin Fraser during Monday's session. Rookie forward Tanner Pearson would likely draw out of the lineup to make room for Clifford's return.
Kyle Clifford might be back Tuesday for Gm 4 | 05/20/2013 4:59 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (undisclosed) skated with Colin Fraser and Brad Richardson on the fourth line during Monday's practice.
CSN Bay Area
ImpactHe has missed the team's last four playoff games, but could return for Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Clifford practices normally on Sunday | 05/19/2013 4:07 PM
NewsAfter previously practicing with a no-contact jersey, Kyle Clifford practiced normally for the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
LA Kings Insider
ImpactOr at least he's not wearing that specific sweater while skating, indicating there's at least been a little bit of progress for Clifford. The Kings still aren't sharing what, exactly, is bothering him.
Kyle Clifford isn't expected to play Saturday | 05/18/2013 6:56 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (undisclosed) will not be available Saturday night.
ImpactClifford isn't sure if he'll be able to return before the end of the second round. He had seven goals and 14 points in 48 regular season games.
Kyle Clifford isn't cleared for contact | 05/17/2013 6:59 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (undisclosed) hasn't been cleared for contact yet.
ImpactWhen asked if he'd be able to return before the end of the second round, Clifford said, "It's up in the air right now." He's missed three straight games due to the injury.
Kyle Clifford won't be able to play in Game 2 | 05/16/2013 4:15 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (undisclosed) won't be in Los Angeles' lineup for Game 2 Thursday night.
ImpactHe hasn't played since Game 5 of the opening round against St. Louis because of an unknown ailment.
Kyle Clifford not expected to play in Game 1 | 05/14/2013 4:54 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (undisclosed) is not expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 1.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactClifford didn't practice for the second straight day Tuesday. The rugged winger was injured during the Kings' physical first-round series against the Blues and hasn't played Game 5 of that matchup. Jordan Nolan is expected to replace Clifford as the left wing on the Kings' fourth line.
Kyle Clifford skips Monday's practice | 05/13/2013 5:22 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (undisclosed) didn't skate on Monday.
ImpactThe Kings didn't update his status after the session, so his availability for the start of Round 2 is questionable. Clifford didn't play in Game 6 against St. Louis.
No updates on injured King players | 05/13/2013 8:02 AM
NewsThere are no updates on the status of Kyle Clifford and Matt Greene.
Los Angeles Daily News
ImpactClifford is out with an undisclosed injury after he was unable to play in Game 6. Greene is also out with an undisclosed injury as he has not played since April 24. He has been practicing so he could return to action in the second round against San Jose.
Kyle Clifford sits out Game 6 | 05/12/2013 9:30 AM
NewsKyle Clifford did not play in Game 6.
Los Angeles Daily News
ImpactClifford did not participate in the morning skate on Friday as Darryl Sutter said he had a maintenance day off. Stay tuned to see if Clifford was injured or just a healthy scratch.
Kyle Clifford probable to play Friday | 05/10/2013 4:38 PM
NewsKyle Clifford didn't skate Friday morning and coach Darryl Sutter joked around with the media before calling it a "maintenance day, day of the game."
ImpactIt's expected that he'll be fine to play alongside Colin Fraser and Tyler Toffoli during Game 6 Friday night. If he can't play then Jordan Nolan, who took the line rushes in his place, or Colin Fraser may dress instead.
Kyle Clifford picks up a goal in loss | 04/24/2013 10:33 PM
NewsKyle Clifford was the lone goal scorer for the Kings in their 3-1 loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday night.
ImpactThe 22-year-old is one away from his career high in goals, which is seven, and points, which is 14, though he's done this in the shortened season, so it's definitely a good sign. Trevor Lewis and Jarret Stoll had the helpers.
Winger Kyle Clifford nets Kings' winning goal | 04/19/2013 1:09 AM
NewsLeft winger Kyle Clifford scored the game winner for Los Angeles as the Kings edged the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Thursday night.
ImpactIt was Clifford's fifth goal of the season. Defenseman Drew Doughty got the Kings' other marker, his sixth of the season.
Kyle Clifford and Devin Setoguchi reunited | 03/31/2013 9:03 AM
NewsThe Kings Kyle Clifford and Minnesota's Devin Setoguchi shared the ice Saturday for the first time since they were teammates during the lockout.
ImpactBoth Clifford and Setoguchi suited up for Ontario Reign during the work stoppage and although they rarely played on the same night, Clifford was impressed with what he saw from Setoguchi. "I was surprised with the amount of speed he has. He's really quick with his first three steps. Obviously, he's got a knack for scoring."
Kyle Clifford leading the Kings in points | 01/28/2013 7:32 AM
NewsKyle Clifford is on a four game scoring streak and leads the Los Angeles Kings with five points in four games.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactClifford, who just turned 22, led the Kings in penalty minutes and majors last season with 123 and 11 respectively, but had only 12 points in 81 games, so this scoring outburst was not foreseen. He has moved from the fourth unit to the second line, alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. He also leads the Kings with a plus-six rating. Pick him up, especially if you are looking for penalty minutes and/or hits.
Kyle Clifford is on a 3-game point streak | 01/25/2013 11:56 AM
NewsKyle Clifford has started the season on a three-game point streak.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactClifford assisted on Jeff Carter's second period goal in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss. He won't end up with much fantasy value overall in 2013, but if you like to grab players when they're hot and dump them when they cool down, then Clifford might still have some juice left in his current streak.
Clifford practices alongside Carter, Richards | 01/24/2013 11:40 AM
NewsKyle Clifford practiced on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactCarter and Richards are still searching for their first point while Clifford has gotten off to a strong start. The trio will probably get a chance to play together on Thursday.
Clifford scores first of the year in loss | 01/23/2013 1:27 AM
NewsKyle Clifford scored the Kings' lone goal in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
ImpactKnown primarily as a tough guy, Clifford has put together two solid offensive games to start the year. He has three points in the Kings' first two contests. Fantasy players shouldn't rush to the waiver wire to acquire the 22-year-old though, as he recorded just 26 points over the past two seasons with Los Angeles. Nonetheless, the start is surprising.
|Goals||2||vs. SJ||Mar 16||1|
|Assists||2||vs. Chi||Jan 19||1|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Mar 16||2|
|Penalty Minutes||7||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Mar 16||12|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Mar 16||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Apr 27||0|
|Power Play Points||0||48 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shots||4||at Det||Feb 10||4|
|Assists||7||2 times-last: 2011-12 (LA)|
|Penalty Minutes||141||2010-11 (LA)|
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