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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June 2022 – Kleven played his sophomore season with Jake Sanderson at the University of North Dakota this past year and played 38 games with seven goals and three assists, while adding 93 PIM. He has informed the Senators that he will be going back to school for the 2022-23 season. Grant Campbell
January 2021 – The K-Train is heading back to North Dakota sporting some new gold hardware. The American defender was a part of the American gold medal-winning squad at the World Juniors and despite a muted role as the extra defenseman, Kleven showed some flashes of what makes him one of Senators’ Twitter’s favorite prospects. He threw some hits, shot some pucks hard, and was decent defensively at times. For a player not even invited to camp initially, Kleven can’t be anything but ecstatic over his World Juniors experience this year. Tony Ferrari
December 2020 – Kleven has been added to the preliminary roster for Team USA. He has had a decent start to his season but his best game came in his final before the national team roster addition as he showed some of his hidden skill, scoring one of the nicer goals of his hockey career. The big defensive blueliner may be on the outside looking in when the U.S. U20 roster is finalized but his addition to the camp is a testament to the respect he has with the national team and his solid start to the year with the University of North Dakota. Tony Ferrari
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 ho