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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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 61 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 49 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 64 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 56 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 61 6 22 18 28
J. Silfverberg 63 9 18 8 27
C. Fowler 63 5 21 -1 26
R. Rakell 53 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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