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Player Preview: Clayton Stoner

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 2:18 PM PT / News
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Player Preview: Clayton Stoner
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview starts with one of the new members of the squad, Clayton Stoner.

The Ducks search for size and depth along the blueline brought Clayton Stoner to Orange County. The 6-4, 216-pound defenseman played a physical style, making his presence known on the Minnesota backend throughout the 2014 playoffs.

As a member of the Wild, Stoner led defenseman in hits (99) while collecting five points (1g/4a) in 63 games. He skated in his 200th career NHL game on December 22 against the New York Rangers.

Stoner elevated his play in the postseason, skating in all 13 of the Wild’s games and collecting a career-high three points. His hard-nosed style and solid play against both the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks caught the eye of Head Coach Bruce Boudreau.

“As a player on a different team, you always look at Anaheim as being a beautiful place to live. But at the same time, it’s amazing what they’ve done as an organization." Clayton Stoner

“Watching the playoffs and watching Clayton hit guys and take no prisoners and making plays, I thought this guy would be a really good addition for our team,” he said in a July interview.

When he hit free agency this summer, Stoner looked to the Ducks as an ideal destination.

“As a player on a different team, you always look at Anaheim as being a beautiful place to live,” he said after signing on July 1. “But at the same time, it’s amazing what they’ve done as an organization. A lot of times, the warmer climates aren’t big hockey meccas, and sometimes the teams aren’t as good, but Anaheim goes completely against that. They won a Cup fairly recently and had a chance here in the past few years.”

The defenseman also provided a preview of what fans can expect to see next season.

“My goal is to come in play a physical style and try to be a steady, stay-at-home defenseman who can be reliable and be counted on in key situations,” he said. “You’ll probably see me drop the gloves a few times to stick up for my teammates. I’ll just try to be a steady guy. Nothing too flashy, but contribute in all areas if I can.”

HIGHLIGHT
Stoner’s first goal of the season was a highlight-reel finish against the New York Islanders. After his minor penalty for boarding expired, he stepped out of the box and into a breakaway. Taking a feed from Mikko Koivu, Stoner broke in alone on Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson. He deked once before snapping a shot past the outstretched blocker, finishing with a crash into the end boards for the score.

BY THE NUMBERS
10 -- While not an “offensive” defenseman, Stoner has shown the ability to post points. His career-high 10 assists came during the 2012-13 campaign with the Wild.

63 -- Stoner set a career-high for games played last season, missing 15 due to a lower-body injury.

18:12 -- Career-best time on ice for Stoner during the 2012-13 campaign, a sign the physical defenseman can handle big minutes on the blueline.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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