Yahoo Clarke primed to play, stay in NHL with Kings this season


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Jul 28, 2004

"I want to be a full-time L.A. King," he said during Los Angeles Kings development camp last month. Everything is in place for that to become reality for the 20-year-old defenseman, selected by the Kings with the No. 8 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. It began with two assists during a successful nine-game introductory stint to open last season with Los Angeles, and continued with the Kings making several offseason moves to free up potential roster spots. Following his nine-game NHL debut, Clarke had a goal and an assist in five games with Ontario of the American Hockey League before he was reassigned to Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, where he ranked fifth among OHL defensemen with 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) in 31 games.

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