2004-05: Clitsome enjoyed an outstanding rookie season, leading all Clarkson defensemen in scoring with 13 points (two goals, eleven assists) in 39 appearances. His first collegiate points (two assists) came back on October 9, 2004 versus UMass. His first collegiate goal came just over a week later on October 17 on the game-winner versus Wayne State.
2005-06: Clitsome continued to give Clarkson some offensive production from the blueline and served as the Golden Knights top quarterback on the team’s power play. He was paired with freshman Philippe Paquet (MTL) on Clarkson’s blueline. Clitsome finished second among the team’s defensemen in scoring with 19 points (two goals, 17 assists). His sophomore campaign was cut short due to an arm injury that forced him to miss Clarkson’s ECACHL quarterfinals series versus Cornell.
2006-07: Clitsome appeared in 38 games in his junior season for Clarkson, once again pacing the team’s blueliners in scoring with 19 points, including 7 goals and 12 assists.
2007-08: Clitsome was Clarkson’s best defenseman in all three zones in 2007-08, which was his Senior year. He played about half of the game on most nights for the Golden Knights. He was dominant physically, really using his size and strength to full advantage. He was also one of the team’s top offensive players, and their top scoring defenseman. Clitsome played his first professional game, playing in one game for the Crunch during the playoffs.
2008-09: Making his pro debut with the Syracuse Crunch, Clitsome appeared in 73 games, registering 4 goals and 15 assists for 19 points along with 74 PIMs.
2009-10: Clitsome spent most of the season with Syracuse and scored 5 goals, 15 assists in 64 games. He made his NHL debut on March 2nd against Vancouver, adding a pair of assists. He appeared in a total of 11 NHL games with Columbus, scoring 1 goal, 2 assists.
Talent AnalysisClitsome is an excellent puck-moving defenseman. While he is known for his offensive prowess, Clitsome is also a very solid defensive player as well. He is very strong on his skates and has good speed. He is very effective one-on-one. Clitsome’s willingness to get physical along with his body strength makes him tough for the opposition to have to play against. One area that Clitsome improved in his sophomore season was shooting the puck more. He has no trouble getting pucks to the net and has an excellent slapshot. Clitsome is blessed with superb passing skills and can make nice tape-to-tape passes. He is also a fierce competitor who can play in virtually any type of situation.
Clitsome was placed on waivers by the Blue Jackets and was claimed by the Winnpeg Jets.