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LA Kings Sign Left Wing Prospect Kyle Clifford, Make Third Round Of Roster Cuts

Kyle Clifford (right) and LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL

Kyle Clifford (right) and LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Photo courtesy LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 22, the Los Angeles Kings signed left wing prospect Kyle Clifford to a contract and made their third set of training camp roster cuts.

Four players were assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate):

Drew Bagnall, defenseman
Gabe Gauthier, center
Brandon Segal, right wing
John Zeiler, right wing

The Kings are down to 31 players on their 2009 Training Camp roster.

Clifford, 18, was the Kings second round pick (35th overall) in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft last June. He was signed to a three-year, entry-level deal.

The 6-2, 208-pound native of Ayr, Ontario has impressed the Kings with his tough, aggressive style of play so far in training camp.

Last season, Clifford scored sixteen goals and added twelve assists for 28 points with 133 penalty minutes in sixty regular season games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. In five playoff games, Clifford racked up thirteen penalty minutes.

Clifford scored a goal and added fourteen assists for fifteen points with 83 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games during the 2006-07 season. In nine playoff games, he tallied one assist with four penalty minutes.

Clifford also represented Canada at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships, racking up a team-high sixteen penalty minutes in six games.


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One Response to LA Kings Sign Left Wing Prospect Kyle Clifford, Make Third Round Of Roster Cuts

  1. Matt Reitz says:

    It must be nice to be a LW prospect in the Kings system!

    I have to say, Lombardi has had the magic touch with players in the 2nd round. In the last 3 years, we’re looking at Moller, Simmonds, Voinov and now Clifford. And a trade for Brad Richardson.

    Well, 4 out of 5 isn’t so bad…

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