- 25 years old, 2nd year in National Hockey League
- $550,000 cap hit
- 0.9% of Columbus Blue Jackets salary cap
- Contract expires at end of this season
- 2009-2010 numbers: 11 games played, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, +/- of zero, 6 penalty minutes, 14:44 avg. time on ice
|Does Grant Clitsome have the stuff to make a|
serious run at a full-time CBJ roster spot?
Talk about a guy at the crossroads of his hockey-playing career.
Grant Clitsome is 25 years old. After one year of juniors, he took the college route to the NHL, playing all four years for Clarkson University in New York, an ECAC school. Clitsome then went straight to the Columbus Blue Jackets' (then-) AHL affiliate in Syracuse, perhaps an indicator that his skill level was sufficient to bypass a stint in juniors. He then played one full season for the Crunch in 2008-2009. I'm not sure that one can call him a late bloomer, but he's certainly not a child prodigy.
Had the Jackets not decided to jettison their pricey veterans nor experienced debilitating injuries to the likes of Rusty Klesla in 2009-2010, Clitsome might not have seen the bright lights of Columbus until this forthcoming season, if at all. Instead, he put in 64 games in Syracuse and then played in 11 more for the Blue Jackets at the end of the season.
By most accounts, Clitsome did nothing to hurt his case for NHL playing time while in Columbus. He doesn't appear to be a playmaker or scorer, but he did get 5 goals and 15 assists in Syracuse last season in addition to his 3 points during his time in Columbus. Simply put, he's never going to make the Blue Jackets forget about the likes of Tomas Kaberle...but he's also not going to make Scott Howson pop a handful of Tums every time he hits the ice.