Kale Clague

Los Angeles Kings
Marc Smith

Fantasy Summary

Very mobile and smart defenseman. Can distribute the puck and foresee plays at NHL level already. Has to work a bit on his shooting.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 5, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 51

Observations

June 2018 – Clague really took it to another level in 2017-18. The highly mobile defenseman scored an impressive 71 points in 54 games between Brandon and Moose Jaw in 2017-18, which ranks him first among notable WHL defensemen with 1.31 points-per-game average and third with 0.46 power play assists per game. As he’ll need to work on his shot to make it to the NHL level, the 20-year-old should have no problem bringing his skating, vision and playmaking abilities to the Kings’ camp this upcoming fall. Wearing the “A” on the golden Canadian jersey at the last World Juniors, his leadership also has something to be looking for at the highest level. The sky looks pretty clear ahead for Clague when looking at the Kings’ blue line depth chart and there should be plenty of opportunities for him to make the opening night roster. Now, some playing time in the AHL wouldn’t be disappointing either as being a regular on the power play over guys like Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez would be a bit of a stretch for 2018-19. Clague is definitely a strong option from mid to very deep fantasy leagues and interesting fantasy production could realistically start somewhere in 2019-20. Carl Sinclair

June 2017  ̶  The Los Angeles Kings’ prospect took another big step forward this season. After playing an integral part on Canada’s world junior team that won silver, Clague continued to dominate the Brandon Wheat Kings’ blueline in the second half of the season. While it didn’t end the way the Wheat Kings wanted after getting swept on the first round of the WHL playoffs, Clague put up four points in those four games, showing he has the ability to be a big game-player. The smooth-skating defenseman is strong on both sides of the puck, despite not being overly physical. He has the skills to quarterback a power play and his first pass to start the breakout is almost always perfect. It’s starting to look like he could be a steal for the Kings after being taken in the second round of the 2016 NHL entry draft. Mitch Brandner

January 2016 – The offensive defenseman has shown continued improvement to his game with 23 points in 27 games (0.85 points per game) for the Brandon Wheat Kings, following last season’s 0.60 points per game. Despite missing games, Clague leads the Wheat Kings’ defense in scoring. Clague also played a prominent role for Team Canada at the world junior championship, scoring six points in seven games. Clague scored the most assists by a defenseman in the tournament and tied for third-most points by defensemen and for the fourth-best plus-minus overall in the tournament. Philip Kamhi

September 2016 – Following a season that saw Kale Clague boast 43 points in 71 games (13 NHL equivalent points) with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Clague was selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft. The Kings, although lacking a first-round selection, get a top-end offensive defenseman who many (including Bob McKenzie) believed would be selected higher. Clague played on an excellent team (on a second pairing behind Ivan Provorov). After missing most of his rookie season, he started slowly, which likely contributed to him falling to a lower draft position. Already a dynamic skater with an excellent pass, Clague will need to bulk up before playing stronger competition. Provorov, in whose shadow Clague has been playing, will likely turn pro this season, leaving a spot for Clague on the top pairing. Much of his success this season could be determined by how much strength the 177-pound defenseman can add. Philip Kamhi


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Lloydminster Heat Bantam AAA AMBHL 32 10 18 28 76 |          
 2011-2012 Lloydminster Heat Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 11 23 34 44 | Playoffs 9 5 6 11
  Lloydminster Rage Min. Mdgt AAA AMMHL 2 0 0 0 4 | Playoffs 2 1 2 3
  Lloydminster Heat Bantam AAA John Reid Bantam 5 2 7 9 0 |          
 2012-2013 Lloydminster Heat Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 35 42 77 44 | Playoffs 8 5 4 9 20 
  Lloydminster Bobcats Midget AAA AMHL 1 0 1 1 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Team Northeast Alberta Cup 5 4 2 6 0 |          
 2013-2014 Lloydminster Bobcats Midget AAA AMHL 31 11 22 33 34 | Playoffs 12 2 11 13
  Team Alberta WCCC-16 4 0 5 5 0 |          
  Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 2 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2014-2015 Team Green U17-Dev 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 20 4 9 13 6 | Playoffs 12 1 2 3
  Canada Black U17 WHC-17 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2015-2016 Team White U18-Dev 3 0 2 2 0 |          
  Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 71 6 37 43 54 | Playoffs 21 6 8 14
  Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Memorial 4 1 0 1 2 |          
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 1 0 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 48 5 35 40 41 | Playoffs 4 1 3 4
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 1 1 2 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 0 6 6 2 |          
 2017-2018 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 28 10 37 47 35 |          
  Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 26 1 23 24 8 | Playoffs 14 1 13 14 14 
  Canada U20 WJC-20 6 0 2 2 4 |          
  WHL All-Stars Canada/Russia Series 2 0 3 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Ontario Reign AHL - - - - - |          

Highlights