Player Preview: Clayton Stoner

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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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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