Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
44. Matt Clark – Defenseman
Date of birth: October 17, 1990
Place of birth: Lakewood, CO, USA
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 205
One-Timer: Clark registered 23 points in 63 games and was a plus 21, as a rock solid blueliner for the Brampton Batallion. Matt has received an invite to the WJC summer tryouts. His uncle, Ab DeMarco, played 344 games in the NHL between 1969 and 1979 with eight different teams. He is a stay-at-home defender who is very reliable in his own zone, rarely makes mistakes and makes good and solid outlet passes. He has a quiet confidence about him and has a great work ethic, and possesses some upside offensively.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Adam Foote, Marc Staal
TSN reported: “Brampton defenseman Matt Clark had the best distance in the seated medicine ball throw, tossing the eight-pound ball 243 inches.”Scouting Combine Performance:
International Tournaments: n/a
ETA = 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 1.5/5 Reward = 4/5
NHL Potential: Top 4 stay-at-home defensive defenseman with some offensive upside
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 6/10 Defensive = 8.5/10
- ISS: n/a
- CSB: 31-NA
- TSN: n/a
- THN: not rated
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