|Assets:||Is a physical force who is also willing to drop the gloves. Can play a regular shift because he's responsible. Owns plenty of grit and constant front-of-the-net presence. Is good on the forecheck because he's relentless.|
|Flaws:||Needs to continue working on his puck skills in order to receive even 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, agitating winger.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2013-14 (Los Angeles), 2011-12 (Los Angeles)|
|2/04/2016||Missed 24 games (upper body injury).|
|1/31/2016||Recalled from his conditioning assignment with the Ontario Reign (AHL).|
|1/28/2016||Assigned to the Ontario Reign (AHL) for conditioning purposes.|
|12/14/2015||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/08/2015||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/25/2015||Signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a five-year contract extension.|
|12/11/2014||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|11/23/2013||Missed 6 games (upper body injury).|
|11/13/2013||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|11/12/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/28/2013||Fined $2,756.41 by the NHL.|
|8/02/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a two-year contract.|
|7/02/2013||Los Angeles Kings tendered a qualifying offer.|
|5/21/2013||Missed the last 4 playoff games (undisclosed).|
|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.|
| 02/04/2016 5:30 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) has been officially activated from injured reserve and is expected to rejoin the lineup Thursday against the Ducks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
| 01/31/2016 5:36 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) was recalled from his conditioning stint with AHL Ontario on Sunday.
| 01/28/2016 2:44 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) was sent to AHL Ontario on a conditioning assignment.
| 01/07/2016 3:59 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) was on the ice following the morning skate Thursday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
| 12/26/2015 9:35 AM
NewsClifford, who has been sidelined since December 6, does not appear to be nearing a return, LA Kings Insider reports.
| 12/14/2015 6:18 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) was placed on the injured reserve list Monday, retroactive to Dec. 6, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
| 12/12/2015 6:52 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) didn't take part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he won't play Saturday against the Sabres, ESPN.com's Joe McDonald reports.
| 12/11/2015 8:01 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) is out Friday against the Penguins, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
| 12/08/2015 6:51 PM
NewsClifford (upper body) will not play in Tuesday evening's road tilt with the Blue Jackets, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Kyle Clifford is recovering from wrist injury | 07/07/2014 7:45 PM
NewsKyle Clifford underwent wrist surgery.
ImpactThe procedure was advised because of a small fracture in Clifford's wrist. This is just an FYI as Clifford is expected to make a full recovery by mid-August at the latest.
Kyle Clifford scores first goal since Dec. 11 | 06/05/2014 9:23 AM
NewsKyle Clifford notched a goal and an assist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactBoth of his points came on Los Angeles' first two goals of the contest to help rally the Kings from a 2-0 deficit. Clifford hadn't scored since Dec. 11 against Toronto. The feisty forward has five points and 37 penalty minutes in 20 games during the postseason.
Kyle Clifford leads the Kings in hits | 01/26/2014 7:26 AM
NewsKyle Clifford had six hits to lead the Kings in only 8:07 minutes of action Saturday.
ImpactClifford tried to get things going for the Kings as he also participated in a fight as he battled Tim Jackman of the Ducks but it was to no avail as the Kings dropped a 3-0 decision to Anaheim. Clifford has three goals and five points in 43 games with 63 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating so he has some value in pools that use the penalty minute category.
Kyle Clifford scores second goal of 2013-14 | 11/26/2013 9:52 AM
NewsKyle Clifford found the back of the net on Monday.
ImpactIt was just Clifford's second game since missing two weeks with a head injury. He has two goals and 32 penalty minutes in 18 contests this season.
| 11/24/2013 2:52 AM
NewsKyle Clifford was activated from the IL on Saturday November 23.
Kyle Clifford skates with teammates Friday | 11/22/2013 3:46 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (head) participated in Friday's practice.
ImpactClifford hasn't played since he got "his bell rung" on Nov. 9. It wasn't a particularly hard practice, but it's still worth noting that he was wearing a normal practice jersey, as opposed to a non-contact one.
Kyle Clifford has been moved to IR list | 11/13/2013 5:57 PM
NewsKyle Clifford (head) is on the injured reserve list.
ImpactClifford sustained the injury when he got "his bell rung" in the first period of Saturday's game. He has a goal and 32 penalty minutes in 16 games this season.
Kyle Clifford does not practice Sunday | 11/11/2013 7:29 AM
NewsKyle Clifford (head) did not practice on Sunday.
ImpactClifford was injured in the first period Saturday and did not return after 'getting his bell rung' according to coach Darryl Sutter. He will likely miss at least Tuesday's game against the Sabres and if he can't go, look for the Kings to recall a forward, possibly Tanner Pearson.
Kyle Clifford leaves game in first period | 11/10/2013 8:25 AM
NewsKyle Clifford was injured in the first period Saturday and did not return.
ImpactCoach Darryl Sutter said that Clifford 'got his bell rung'. Consider him day-to-day for now. Clifford had one goal in 16 games with 32 penalty minutes. Look elsewhere in the penalty minute category if Clifford was on your roster.
Kyle Clifford fined for kneeing Oilers' RNH | 10/28/2013 6:09 PM
NewsKyle Clifford has been fined by the NHL for a kneeing incident against Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Sunday.
ImpactHe was slapped with a $2,756.41 fine, which is the maximum that is allowed under the CBA. There was no penalty assessed on the play and Nugent-Hopkins managed to return to the game.
Report: Kings, Kyle Clifford have 2-year deal | 08/02/2013 1:47 PM
NewsThe Kings and Kyle Clifford agreed to a two-year contract, a source to the situation told Mayor's Manor.
ImpactClifford was a restricted free agent this summer and the two-year deal appears to fall in line with most of Dean Lombardi's RFA contract. Clifford scored seven goals and 14 points in 48 games this season, each of which matched his career highs set in 2010-11. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy formats but is a solid role player for L.A.
Kyle Clifford: Winning Tuesday was a relief | 06/06/2013 11:05 AM
NewsKyle Clifford admitted that winning on Tuesday was a bit of a "sigh of relief" moment.
Impact"Yeah, definitely," Clifford said. "I think we knew it was going to be a big game tomorrow. It was one of those must wins. Kind of get the ball rolling for us. We know we got a little bit better and getting ready for tomorrow night." The Kings will attempt to ride that momentum into Game 4 on Thursday. Chicago still has a 2-1 series lead.
Kyle Clifford gets his 1st point of playoffs | 05/24/2013 10:36 AM
NewsKyle Clifford recorded his first point of the postseason on Thursday.
ImpactClifford was moved to the top line to help spark Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. The move worked as the three combined for the first goal in the Kings' 3-0 victory. It wouldn't be surprising to see Clifford back on the top line for Game 6 on Sunday.
Kyle Clifford skates on Kings' top line | 05/23/2013 10:12 AM
NewsKyle Clifford skated with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams during Wednesday's practice.
ImpactIf the Kings go with those lines on Thursday, then this would be a big opportunity for Clifford. The Kings top line has been struggling in the postseason, so perhaps this change will provide them with a spark. That being said, Clifford isn't an known for his scoring abilities, but Williams sees the benefit of him being on their line. "We're obviously starved for goals, and there's a reason for that. Not enough net pressure, not enough traffic, not enough rebounds, not enough going to the net with a purpose. Kyle brings all of those, and if we are to play together tomorrow, we're going to need to do that to get results," Williams said on Wednesday.
Kyle Clifford likely in with Pearson out | 05/21/2013 9:50 PM
NewsKyle Clifford is taking part in Tuesday's pregame warmup, while Tanner Pearson is not.
Jon Rosen on Twitter
ImpactIt's probably safe to assume that Clifford will be back in the lineup for Game 4.
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||0||27 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 4||2|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:at Fla||last:Nov 23||2|
|Points||1||3 times-last:at Fla||last:Nov 23||2|
|Penalty Minutes||5||4 times-last:at Car||last:Nov 22||10|
|Plus/Minus||1||3 times-last:at Fla||last:Nov 23||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||27 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 4||0|
|Power Play Points||0||27 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 4||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||27 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 4||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||27 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 4||0|
|Shots||4||vs. Ana||Feb 4||6|
|Goals||7||2 times-last: 2012-13 (LA)|
|Penalty Minutes||141||2010-11 (LA)|
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