No USHLer mixed points and penalty minutes as well as Chris Clackson in 2005-06. The son of former NHL and WHA fighting defenseman Kim Clackson, and the brother of Philadelphia Flyers 2005 seventh round pick Matt Clackson, Chris is following in the family footsteps in playing an aggressive physical game and backing down to no challenge, as his 176 penalty minutes attest. However, Chris can also score. The younger brother scored 23 goals and 26 assists in 58 games for Chicago Steel in 2005-06, second in team scoring behind New Jersey Devils prospect Nate Perkovich. Clackson also played in the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game and was the USHL Offensive Player of the Week Jan. 2 after scoring two goals and five assists in three games.
Clackson has great hands for dual purposes. He has soft enough hands to put up points when he crashes the net, but he can also one-punch opponents in fights. The 5'11, 195-pound Clackson lays out heavy hits and forechecks with intensity. However, in order to become a future fourth line NHLer, Clackson must improve his skating, especially his quickness and acceleration.
Clackson has the hands and the physical edge, he'll just need to work on his skating at Western Michigan University. His brother was drafted and put up far fewer points, so Chris has a shot.