Morgan Clark

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1990-02-17

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (191st overall), 2008

Weight:

160 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Morgan was probably born to be a goaltender as he is the son of current Canucks goaltending coach Ian Clark.

2006-07: He began his major junior career by appearing in 21 games with the Red Deer Rebels, posting a 9-5-2 record with a 3.25 GAA and .882 save percentage while backing up James Reimer (TOR).

2007-08: Clark saw significantly more action this season due to a high ankle sprain that limited Reimer to just 30 games.  Clark played in 38 games but put up disappointing numbers including a 3.70 GAA and .884 save percentage.  His 10-30-3 record and other stats were likely inflated by the fact that it was a weak Rebels team playing in front of him.

Talent Analysis
A small goaltender at just 5’11 and 160 odd pounds, Clark’s limited size puts him at an immediate disadvantage in a time where NHL teams are increasing moving towards larger framed goaltenders.  Like most netminders his size, Clark relies on his speed and reflexes to keep the puck out of the net. 
Future

The cynical speculate this was a nepotism pick designed to please Ian Clark, but time will tell.  Clark should see the bulk of the minutes between the pipes for the Rebels this season.  Expectations at this point should be low for the 7th round selection.

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Photo: Prab Rai, the Canucks' fifth round pick in 2008, has been limited by injury to just 31 ECHL games through three seasons thus far in his pro career. (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon SMI)

 
Two players from the Vancouver Canucks 2008 NHL Draft remain in the system, defenseman Yann Sauve and center Prab Rai. Of the two, Sauve is the only one to get a taste of NHL hockey action, with a five game call-up in 2010. Perhaps one of the more prolific and discussed players drafted by the Canucks, Cody Hodgson’s arrival in 2008 provided local sports pages with material aplenty. Just as some drafts bring hope and anticipation, Vancouver's 2008 draft brought drama and intrigue, culminating in one of the biggest and most shocking trades in the NHL during the 2011-12 season.

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