AXS Sports is in the process of profiling the 25 players and coaches on the Los Angeles Kings on the 2018-19 National Hockey League roster. In the fifth part of the series, it is time to profile Kings left winger Kyle Clifford.
Drafted in the second round, 35th overall by the Kings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Clifford is 27 years old. At 6'2", 210 pounds, he shoots left.
At the time of being drafted, Clifford was playing for the Barrie Colts of the American Hockey League. After his time with the Colts, Clifford played with the Manchester Monarchs in the 2010 American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs and two different stints with the Ontario Reign-- in 2012-13 in the ECHL and 2015-16 in the AHL.
Clifford is entering his ninth consecutive season with the Kings. Initially known as one of the Kings' top enforcers, he had 264 penalty minutes in his first 167 regular season games with the Kings. However, Clifford has seemed to be more gentlemanly as his career has evolved with the Kings. In 2017-18, Clifford only had 48 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games.
In 535 career games with the Kings, Clifford has 43 goals and 51 assists for 94 points and 678 penalty minutes. Last year with the Kings in 50 games, he had six goals and four assists for 10 points, was a -4, 48 penalty minutes, 81 shots on goal, one faceoff win, 127 hits, eight blocked shots, eight takeaways and six giveaways. Clifford also played in all four playoff games for the Kings in 2017-18 against the Vegas Golden Knights.
As the 2018-19 NHL regular season is about to begin, Clifford is slated to be on the Kings third line, centered by Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli at right wing. To see Clifford and the Kings during the 2018-19 season, please click here.