Clayton Stoner

Hometown:

Port McNeil British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-02-19

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (79th overall), 2004

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2003-04: Stoner was second in points from a defenseman for the Tri-City Americans (WHL) with 31 on seven goals and 24 assists. He also led the team in plus/minus rating at +21.  Named team playoff Co-MVP. Drafted by the Wild in the third round, 79th overall.

2004-05: Set WHL career-high marks and led Tri-City defensemen in goals with 12 and assists with 34 in 60 games. Was second-leading scorer on team and ninth in the WHL for defensemen. Named to Second WHL All-Star Team.

2005-06: In his AHL rookie season with the Houston Aeros, had 24 points on 6 goals and 18 assists in 73 games, which led the team for rookie defensemen and was third overall on the team in scoring for defensemen.

2006-07: Like many players on the Aeros, Stoner took a step back, and was one of the Wild prospects singled out by GM Doug Risebrough for his disappointing play at the end of the season. Missed Wild training with a separated shoulder sustained in the final game of the Traverse City prospects tournament. With Houston, scored one goal and had six assists in 65 games and had a plus/minus rating of -9.

2007-08: Struggled with injuries and played a career-low 56 games. Suffered a concussion early in the season and missed a few weeks. Like the Aeros however, got his game back on track with three goals and 12 assists and a +7 plus/minus rating.

Talent Analysis
Stoner is a stay-at-home defenseman, a competitor and team leader, often blocking shots and risking his health to help the team. At 225 lbs he’s a tough customer, but his skating has always been an area he needs to improve. Durability with his physical style has been a concern as he has played in fewer games in each successive season in the AHL.
Future
His road to the NHL may be a bit longer than most should he make it. At this point, he would seem to be a third pairing NHL defenseman should he get there.

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