2006-07: Maxime Clermont was chosen in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2007 QMJHL Draft by the Gatineau Olympiques.
2007-08: In his QMJHL rookie season, Clermont played in 29 games for the Olympiques, going 13-7-0 in those games. He finished with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. In 3 playoff games, Clermont had a 3.20 goals-against average and a .813 save percentage.
2008-09: Clermont played in 49 games for the Olympique, finishing with a 3.22 goals-against average, a .884 save percentage, and a 25-20-0 record. In 2 playoff games, Clermont had just 10 minutes of action.
2009-10: In his third QMJHL season, Clermont played in 59 games for the Olympique. He turned in a 2.81 goals-against average, a .897 save percentage, and a 24-31-0 record on the season. In 11 playoff games, he had a 3.59 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage. Played for Team Cherry at the 2010 Top Prospects Game.
2010-11: Clermont had an uneven fourth season with a Gatineau team that was one of the best defensive teams in the QMJHL; but appeared to iron out his problems and played well in the league playoffs. In 48 regular season games for the Olympiques Clermont was 28-15 with four shutouts and had a 2.55 GAA and .896 save percentage but saw less action as Francois Lacerte took over late in the season. Lacerte started the first three playoff games but was replaced by Clermont nine minutes into Game 3 against Rimouski. Clermont started 19 of 20 playoff games after that as the Olympiques reached the finals against eventual Memorial Cup champion Saint John. In 21 playoff games he was 11-10 with one shutout and had a 2.22 GAA and .927 save percentage. Clermont signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey in August 2011.
2011-12: Clermont spent most of his first pro season with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings; appearing in two AHL games with the Devils’ AHL affiliate Albany. He had a win in October against Providence – stopping 28 of 30 shots in his first AHL start – and then played in a 2-1 loss to Syracuse on April 15th – stopping 21 of 23 shots. Clermont and former Western Michigan University goalie Riley Gill split the goaltending for the K-Wings. Clermont appeared in 31 games and was 13-13, with three of the losses coming in overtime, and had a 3.42 goals against and .891 save percentage. Kalamazoo reached the Eastern Conference finals after finishing first in the North Division. Clermont appeared in one playoff game as Gill started all 14 games and allowed 3 goals on 18 shots in 35 minutes of action.
2012-13: Clermont played in one game for the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany in March in his second pro season; spending most of the year with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. Clermont stopped 29 of 30 shots during regulation and in overtime in a 2-1 shootout loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Albany. He played in 41 games for the Jackals and was 20-13-5 with a 3.24 goals against and .899 save percentage. Elmira finished second in the Atlantic Division and lost to Florida in a six-game first round playoffs series. Clermont was 1-2 in three playoff games, splitting time with long-time Central Hockey League goalie Ian Keserich, and had a 4.33 goals against and .860 save percentage.
Technically sound, aggressive and possessing a good sized frame, Clermont plays the angles well and shows a willingness to challenge opposing shooters. He controls his rebounds well and has a good glove hand. His game will continue to improve as he gets quicker in the crease. He sometimes struggles tracking the puck through traffic, but that is something he can work on as he evolves and matures as a player. There was a bit of a steep learning curve for Clermont in the ECHL this year, but given the development time needed for goaltenders, it’s not a huge concern at this point.
Following a disappointing season of worrisome play and injury, the Devils retained the pending restricted free agent over the summer. Once again, Clermont will have to contend for a roster spot in Albany between Wedgewood and either Clemmensen or Kinkaid. It is more than likely he will return to the ECHL where he needs to earn a starting job to properly develop.