Boston Bruins
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Fantasy Summary

Small but aggressive, right-handed defenseman who is not afraid to take the body; backs down from nobody.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 28, 1995
Height 5‘11”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 5; Overall: 133

Observations

November 2019 – Clifton has managed two goals in 19 games with Boston this season. Most notably, he has played exclusively in the NHL, albeit with sheltered minutes and next to no special teams action. As long as the Bruins’ established top-four defensemen remain in the fold, it will be difficult for Clifton to return much fantasy value. For now, he is a ‘wait and see’ player who could be thrust into a larger role if injuries mount. Chris Mazza

June 2018 – Originally drafted in the fifth round in 2013 by Arizona, the two sides could not come to a contract agreement and Clifton was instead signed to an AHL deal with the Providence Bruins in 2017. Prior to joining the P-Bruins he spent four years playing for Quinnipiac University. Clifton enjoyed some offensive success in his final two seasons of NCAA competition, including a 28 point campaign in 43 games in 2015-2016. But it is his aggressive play style that will most likely get him to the NHL. After a less that stellar start to the season, Clifton’s play and consistency improved all season and he turned his AHL deal into a two-year ELC with the spoked B in Boston. Connor backs down from nobody, despite his size, and loves to throw the body. He plays aggressively without the puck and attacks the zone when he possesses it. There is offensive potential with Connor, but his smooth skating and aggressive style is what will most likely get him a call-up; possibly as early as next season. Sid Osmond


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 New Jersey Devils QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2008-2009 New Jersey Jr. Titans 13U AAAAYHL 13U32 15 1126 92|        
 2009-2010 Christian Brothers Acad AlbanyUSHS-NY- 6 814 -|        
  Jersey Hitmen EmJHL33 2 1012 59|Playoffs3 0 00
 2010-2011 Jersey Hitmen EmJHL36 4 1418 95|Playoffs7 2 24 10 
 2011-2012 Jersey Hitmen EJHL28 1 1112 46|Playoffs6 0 33 15 
  Jersey Hitmen EmJHL4 0 11 0|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL8 1 01 16|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP12 1 12 24|        
 2012-2013 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL25 3 69 90|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP66 8 1523 114|        
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup3 0 00 2|        
  USA U18WJC-187 1 01 2|        
 2013-2014 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA36 5 49 106|        
 2014-2015 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA38 0 55 54|        
 2015-2016 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA43 7 2128 42|        
 2016-2017 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA39 7 714 82|        
 2017-2018 Providence BruinsAHL54 4 913 35|Playoffs4 0 00
 2018-2019 Boston BruinsNHL19 0 11 15|Playoffs18 2 35 16 
  Providence BruinsAHL53 6 2127 52|        
 2019-2020 Boston BruinsNHL31 2 02 12|Playoffs8 1 23
  Providence BruinsAHL2 0 00 0|        

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