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Your newest Calder contender...Cal Clutterbuck

Posted on: January 28, 2009 11:36 am
Edited on: January 28, 2009 2:22 pm

First off, let me answer anyone who's not a Wild fan. Yes, this is a homer pick. Should this surprise anyone? Who doesn't want their team and players to shine?

With that out of the way, my first blog in almost three months centers around Cal Clutterbuck, the Wild's rookie forward. The guy has been an absolute joy to watch since his call-up early in the season; he plays with such intensity and energy that you can't love him. He doesn't have the point totals to rival Kris Versteeg. He doesn't have the plus-minus to keep up with the Bruins' Blake Wheeler (or for that matter, anyone on the Bruins, they seem to have enough plus-minus to erase the federal deficit). But his name should be right up there with them for the other things he does.

At first glance, his stat lines aren't that impressive - 8 G, 3 A for 11 points. But he's been very hot lately with three goals in his last five contests, including a game-winner against the Oilers. On top of that, he shoots at a 12.5% clip, he doesn't shoot much but makes the most of his opportunities. His 29 PIM are pretty low for someone who hits as much as he does, and he doesn't commit stupid penalties. You also have to recognize that he has three fighting majors in there, giving him only seven non-fighting penalties.

Going back to the kid's energy is where he should get the most attention. He not only leads all rookies in hits, Clutterbuck leads the entire NHL and he's played fewer games than his competition. For a rookie to lead any stat category is impressive - so why isn't he getting league-wide attention? Actually, scratch that - I know that the other players know about him, or at least have met them after taking a solid check or two. But the media outside of Minnesota hasn't paid much attention. He scored his first two career goals in the same game against the Capitals; unfortunately, the game was shown on Versus so nobody saw the kid shine.

I could go on and on but I'd rather have his actions speak for themselves. The kid's amazing, has been one of the key reasons the Wild are still staying afloat in the Western Conference, and should deserve to have his name thrown in the hat for Calder recognition. I don't really understand why he hasn't been mentioned yet, other than his odd last name...maybe he needs a nickname or marketing campaign but all I can think of is "Double Deuces," which isn't very creative considering that's his jersey number. Wild fans, any help? Bueller?

Regardless, hockey fans - you have been warned. Cal Clutterbuck is an up and coming player with tons of energy and intensity. He makes opponents look over their shoulders because he's always a step or two away from landing another monster hit. And he's shown that he can light the lamp as well. Anyways, that's just my two cents.

Keep your stick on the ice,

~ Robtangle

Category: NHL

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2009 6:21 pm

Your newest Calder contender...Cal Clutterbuck

Posting to say awesome blog as usual. The Wild telecasters mention Cal as a rookie every night when they talk about his hits. The last several telecasts they have felt obligated to mention "He leads all rookies in hits!" as if we hadn't heard it the first 10 times in the other telecasts. I guess now they can just say "NHL" instead of rookies. It would be nice to see some attention for him, but look at Koivu's success and the lack of much talk around him. Hell, when we are on versus all they can do is go BACKSTROM BACKSROM BACKSTROM (and then mutter something about maybe he is good because of the system of defense in Minnesota) and the last telecast they finally got around to mentioning Koivu as an elite player as well if my memory serves me correct (I think it was at intermission they talked about him a bit). Boring hockey never makes the headlines! ESPN is so insufferable that they won't even show the 30 seconds of highlights on their video side bar if we played the night before. They will show the Capital, Penguins, Bruins, Wings, 'Hawks, etc. in their 30 second recap clips from the night before, and the Wild always seem to just slide off as if they never played. It happens with the majority of the Northwest division really. He deserves attention sure, but him not getting it isn't unexpected.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2009 2:38 pm

Your newest Calder contender...Cal Clutterbuck


As far as eligibility goes, I'm pretty sure he's OK considering he only played two games last year, and on top of that, every broadcast I watch has the announcers calling him a rookie. Actually, I'm sure he's a rookie. says that he leads all rookies in hits, meaning he's a rookie. He also happens to lead the entire league in hits. I don't think my girlfriend has anything to worry about, but I think I've got a bit of a man-crush on #22.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2009 2:33 pm

Your newest Calder contender...Cal Clutterbuck

Good stuff as always, Rob!  Yep, Clutterbuck has been on fire since he got called up, and now he's getting rewarded with some scoring stats for his hard work.  Offhand, I'm not sure if he still has Calder eligibility this year or if that went out the door last year, but either way I'm mighty glad he's on the Wild roster.  It's safe to say his Houston days are over.  He would probably get faster name recognition if he changed the spelling on his name to Clusterbuck.

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