Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tigers Aquire Clouston

Connor Clouston that is....

Medicine Hat, AB -- The Medicine Hat Tigers have acquired 6'3" defenceman Connor Clouston from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a 2016 5th Round Bantam Draft pick.

Clouston is entering his third WHL season and split time with the Kamloops Blazers and Warriors last season collecting 2 assists in 47 games. Overall in 102 WHL games, Clouston has 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points and 128 penalty minutes.

The Tigers are continuing their preseason against Clouston's former team this weekend as they start a home and home with the Warriors beginning Friday evening in Ralston and continuing Saturday at Mosaic Place.

http://www.tigershockey.com/article/tigers-acquire-clouston-from-warriors
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Thoughts
Clouston is a big defenceman with a bit of a mean streak. This gives the Tigers more options to run with and room to make a cut. Connor is the son of GM Sean Clouston.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

So does this mean likely trading Stanton? I like Clouston. Tough dman to play against. I don't care that he is not a scorer. I am happy to have a solid stay at home type of guy on this team.
To me it looks like Stanton is likely odd 20 out

Anonymous said...

Sutters all played with the Rebs, see no reason why Clouston can't play in the Hat.

TigerTurf said...

“I believe he can help this year because it’s a year that we are pretty young after losing that many guys on the back end,” Clouston the senior said. “There’s going to be a pretty major transition and if we could get somebody who has some experience and can play physical and add that element, it was something we’d like to do.”

-Quote From the MH News

@anon 2:18
I don't read that as, "we're open to getting rid of our most experienced defenceman", however it gives them some added flexibility. Might be more likely that they keep 8 guys and give the Russian lots of development time off-ice. But they have room to make 1 cut.


Anonymous said...

Suttee was never called into question by players for favourtism, Clouston has had 3 players request trades based on favourtism with time playing. You can't look on the years of Hunter and beyond and say he doesn't pick favourites. Love the trade but defiantly can split the locker room over it.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Are you serious?!?!? This is ridiculous!!!!

WhlFan said...

Very good comments on this subject....Only time will tell....I still see the OA being Hunt Sanford and Stanton.. Leaves Cox the odd man out on a decent trade..looking foreward to the season for sure...

Anonymous said...

Stanton is not going anywhere and this is a smart deal. They lack an appropriate number of d-men, and the price was cheap for a guy that can come in and play minutes every night.

Anonymous said...

is the there a list of who is dressing for Friday night game - very interested in Brad Forrest!

longtimefan said...

Don't see the Tigers breaking up the duo of Cox and Sanford unless they get an unbelievable offer for either one. Given the physical attributes of both of them I don't see that happening. Traditionally overage players don't bring a great return, mid round picks and/or a third or fourth line guy is the norm. I think this trade pushes Ty Stanton closer to the door and I also think that Hunt and Stanton would bring the best return in the trade market.

Anonymous said...

Good teams win taking the 3 best overages period. Hunt Cox and Sanford are way better than Stanton, you could trade a prospect and a pick and find a Stanton replacement without giving up a great goal scorer. if they are so concerned about defense and do keep Stanton I sure hope they trade Cox. He's an embarrassment for the way he acts on the ice, zero class.

WhlFan said...

Too me Stanton is the only lock to stay as a OA. My take on the D is that with Clouston they are able to play better against a more physical opponent when needed. He could also play against other teams top lines. He isn't a top line Dman but cant take on many roles with this young group Gives the Russian time to develop and not into situations that he cant succeed in. Also takes the pressure of the young guys to play lots of minutes off the hop. The D has way more options now then it did. Sean has always coached to give the players chances to succeed. Not often are they put in situations that can take away confidence. If they fail he takes them out of that situation and eases them back into it.

Anonymous said...

Cox isn't going anywhere despite whlfan's wishes and false accusations.

Ryan Sadler said...

Where is Matt Bradley? Only one preseason game and isn't on MTL's rookie camp list

Anonymous said...

anyone see this weekends games - like to know how the D is looking

TigerTurf said...

Not sure where Bradley is. Montreal has kept previous picks from camp before having been unimpressed with them.

75flyersbestteamever said...

Tongue firmly planted in cheek as I write this...younger Clouston now knows who his road roommate will be, and one less worry for management about breaking curfews..
...but on the other hand I am not sure "chemistry-wise" having son of the Boss will affect things..is he a spy? or will he blend right in?