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A big, mobile blueliner who likes to throw the big hit. Needs to work on his puck skills but the size and skating package is intriguing.


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October 2020 – The Ottawa Senators traded up in the draft to select the big American defender, sending picks 59 and 64 to Toronto for 44th overall. Kleven played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan. His massive frame and above-average skating are what sold him to the Senators’ front office and they will hope that their player development staff can help develop the rest of his game. He is a decent defender who can close out an attacking player as they cross the blueline and his in-zone defense is above average. Kleven is a big hitter who will provide some value in multi-cat leagues but his offensive upside is fairly limited. He will need to bring his passing game up a step or two and he will need to make better decisions when it comes to when he is attempting to throw the big hit but if he can reign himself in a bit, he could a solid defensive blueliner who can add some physicality to the lineup. He will be attending the University of North Dakota, with fellow Senators draft choice and U.S. NTDP alum Jake Sanderson. Playing NCAA hockey will be an excellent place for the hulking American to develop his puck skills and decision making. Tony Ferrari 

Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 10, 2002
Height 6‘4”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 2; Overall: 44


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 MN North Stars 14U AAAMNBEL 14U14 1 12 -|        
 2017-2018 Team Royal USA-S152 0 00 -|        
  Fargo Davies High USHS-ND27 9 716 54|        
  Team Sanford Power UMHSEHL18 1 910 8|Playoffs2 0 00
 2018-2019 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL31 2 13 45|Playoffs2 0 00 19 
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP52 3 58 96|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP1 0 00 0|        
  USA U17WHC-175 0 00 16|        
 2019-2020 U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP45 2 1012 63|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL17 0 22 37|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA- - -- -|