Marc-Andre Cliché was selected in the second round, 56th overall, by the New York Rangers (acquired earlier in the day from the Montreal Canadians for the 45th selection) at the 2005 NHL Draft .
2004-05: Cliche was hampered by injuries throughout his sophomore campaign with the MAINEiacs. Limited to only 19 games for Lewiston this past season as a result of chronic shoulder problems, Cliche, a slick (if slight) playmaking forward, compiled four goals and four assists, spending time on the second and third lines for Lewiston.
2005-06: Cliché was named Lewiston’s Most Inspirational Player. Scored 37 goals and 82 points in 66 games.
2006-07: Cliché was part of the first PK unit for Team Canada in the 2007 WJC. Spent the entire season with Lewiston of the QMJHL, scoring 54 points in 52 games. While his production was slightly off from the prior season, Cliche increased his role as a solid two-way forward. He also contributed 22 points in 16 games while leading Lewiston to the QMJHL championship. Traded to Los Angeles in a trade deadline deal from the New York Rangers.
2007-08: While he has been greatly limited this season due to injury, even when healthy, Cliche has not been much to look at offensively. He has maintained his solid defensive play and work in the corners for Manchester throughout. He lost over 20 games due to injury, finishing with 21 points in 52 games.
2008-09: An injury in training camp delayed Cliche’s season debut until February 6th. As a result, Cliche never really got going offensively in scoring only 9 points in 31 games. But defense never experiences a slump and Cliche proved he could contribute to the team gameplan even if not finding the back of the net.
2009-10: In his third professional season Cliche posted 11 goals and 14 assists in 66 games with the Manchester Monarchs. He also made one appearances in the NHL on March 2nd against the Dallas Stars, logging 14 shifts, 7:23 in ice time, and posting a plus-1.
2010-11: Cliche skated in 63 games for Manchester (AHL), suffering a season-ending thumb injury in late March. In his fourth season in the Kings’ organization, he scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was +6 with 35 PMs as the Monarchs finished second in the Atlantic Division. Cliche’s thumb injury kept him out of the Monarchs’ first round series with eventual Calder Cup champion Binghamton. He was re-signed as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract by the Kings in July 2011.
2011-12: Cliche was the fourth-leading scorer for Kings AHL affiliate Manchester in his fifth pro season — scoring 17 goals with 24 assists in 72 games. He was plus-nine, the top mark amongst Monarchs’ centers, and had 35 penalty minutes. Manchester finished second in the Atlantic Division and lost to Norfolk three games to one in a first round playoff series. Cliche had 1 goal with 6 penalty minutes and was an even plus/minus in the series with Norfolk. He signed a two-year contract extension with Los Angeles in June 2012.
Cliche is a slightly built forward that plays bigger than his frame. A solid leader and adept at the intangibles, Cliche is a type of player that is often looked over but contributes mightily to the success of his team. A good play-maker and solid skater, Cliche may develop into one of the better two-way forward prospects.
Cliché was dealt by the Colorado Avalanche to the New York Islanders in exchange for Taylor Beck.