Richard Clune
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Richard Clune

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-04-25

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Waiver claim, 2013

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2006-07: After spending three seasons with the Sarnia Sting, Richard Clune was traded to Barrie, where he had a breakout year. The native of Toronto scored 32 goals, half coming on the power play, and 78 points in 67 games, good for third on the team. It was his first point-per-game season. He also amassed 151 penalty minutes, a team high, and had a +18 rating. Clune carried his momentum into the playoffs and helped Barrie win a playoff round, finishing with seven points in eight games. After the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs, Clune signed a try-out contract with Iowa and got his first taste of pro hockey.

2007-08: Clune road the rails between Idaho and Iowa, never contributing much to the scoresheet with 18 points in 57 games combined.  However, his combined 178 penalty minutes demonstrated his role as a middle-weight enforcer or agitator.  Clune was traded from Los Angeles for Lauri Tukonen during the offseason.

2008-09: Injuries hampered his season and limited Clune to only 35 games with Manchester.  But in his short time, it became apparent that Clune had all the tools to be an excellent enforcer at the NHL level, capable of both dropping the gloves and contributing more than just a handful of points.  He battled Kevin Westgarth as the lead enforcer prospect in the organization, even if only as a middle-weight.

2009-10: Clune split the season between the AHL and NHL posting 4 goals, 10 assists, and 126 PIM in 44 AHL games and 2 assists and 26 PIM in 14 NHL appearances.

2010-11: Clune skated in 66 games for the Manchester (AHL) in his fourth pro season and led the Monarchs in penalty minutes. Clune's 222 PMs were tenth most in the league. He chipped in offensively, scoring 8 goals with 14 assists. and finished with a -3 plus/minus as the Monarchs finished second in the Atlantic Division. Clune skated in all seven playoff games in the Monarchs' first round series with eventual Calder Cup champion Binghamton and had 3 assists with a -2 plus/minus and 6 PMs. Clune signed a one-year contract with the Kings in July 2011.
 

Talent Analysis

Clune is a good skating forward who plays with an edge despite his average size frame. He goes into the corners hard and finishes his checks. If he can put on some more muscle over the next few years he should be capable of putting up some pretty big numbers in his last two seasons in the league, especially as Sarnia improves with him. Clune is a good skater and plays with an edge despite an average-sized frame. He is not afraid to go into the danger areas and is a terrific forechecker, always finishing his checks. He has put some muscle since being drafted, but still needs to work on is his intensity.

 

 

Future

Clune is a tough and gritty middle-weight enforcer and high energy forechecker.  He was claimed off of waivers by the Nashville Predators following the end of the NHL lockout.

 

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