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Player Preview: Clayton Stoner

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 5:18 PM / News
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Player Preview: Clayton Stoner
Our series of Ducks Player Previews starts with one of the new members of the squad, Clayton Stoner.\r\n
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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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