Christopher Clapperton
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Christopher Clapperton

Hometown:

Chandler Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-02-22

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

5th round (122nd overall), 2013

Weight:

162 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Christopher Clapperton played for the College Notre-Dame Albatros in Quebec midget AAA hockey. He scored 7 goals with 23 assists in 42 games and had 16 penalty minutes. The Albatros finished fifth in the La Coop Division. Clapperton scored 6 goals with 1 assist in eight playoff games and had 6 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Clapperton played 32 games during the regular season in his second season with College Notre-Dame. He scored 9 goals with 26 assists and had 28 penalty minutes. The Albatross finished first in the La Coop Division and reached the provincial finals – falling to Lac St. Louis in their bid for a Telus Cup berth. Clapperton led College Notre-Dame in scoring in the playoffs, finishing with 10 goals and 11 assists in 17 games. He was selected by the Montreal Juniors in the third round (42nd overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Clapperton played in his first QMJHL season for the re-named and re-located Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (formerly Montreal Juniors). He scored 18 goals with 37 assists in 56 games and was +14 with 40 penalty minutes. The Armada finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Clapperton scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +6 with 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was ranked 199th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Clapperton attended the Philadelphia Flyers summer prospect camp before returning to Blainville-Boisbriand for his second season. Clapperton was the second-leading scorer for the Armada, which won the West Division for the second straight season and reached the QMJHL semifinals. Skating in 67 of 68 regular season games, Clapperton scored a team-leading 34 goals with 43 assists and was +17 with 71 penalty minutes. In 15 playoff games he scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was +1 with 20 penalty minutes. Not among the 210 players in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by Florida in the fifth round (122nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Clapperton was an assistant captain and the leading scorer for Blainville-Boisbriand in his third QMJHL season and represented the league in the 2013 Subway Series against the Russian all-stars. Despite missing most of December due to injury, he led the Armada with 26 goals and 36 assists in 53 regular season games and was +15 with 55 penalty minutes. Ten of his goals came on the power play. Blainville-Boisbriand finished second to Memorial Cup-bound Val-d’Or in the West Division and reached the QMJHL semifinals; falling to Baie-Comeau, 2-1, in a decisive seventh game. Clapperton scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was +2 with 18 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Clapperton is a goal-scoring winger who relies on good hockey sense and hard work to generate opportunities. He is smaller than most NHL players, and lacks substantial footspeed, but he has the kind of determination to score that coaches and scouts like to see.

Future

Clapperton attended development and training camp with the Panthers before being returned to the QMJHL as a 20-year-old at the start of the 2014-15 season. Obtained by the Oceanic in a trade with Blainville-Boisbriand, he is among the leading scorers for the Oceanic along with fellow overage forward Alexis Loiseau and diminutive Anthony DeLuca. Yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Panthers, Clapperton would become an unrestricted free agent if not signed by June 2015. Small players with big numbers in the QMJHL are not uncommon and Clapperton will be challenged at the next level — particularly given the one dimensional nature of his game and lack of pure speed. He could easily peak as a scoring-line forward in the AHL though goal scoring is a needed commodity and Clapperton's offensive instincts compare favorably to other players his age.

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