Christopher Clapperton
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Christopher Clapperton

Hometown:

Chandler Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-02-22

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

5th round (122nd overall), 2013

Weight:

162 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Christopher Clapperton played for the College Notre-Dame Albatros in Quebec midget AAA hockey. He scored 7 goals with 23 assists in 42 games and had 16 penalty minutes. The Albatros finished fifth in the La Coop Division. Clapperton scored 6 goals with 1 assist in eight playoff games and had 6 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Clapperton played 32 games during the regular season in his second season with College Notre-Dame. He scored 9 goals with 26 assists and had 28 penalty minutes. The Albatross finished first in the La Coop Division and reached the provincial finals – falling to Lac St. Louis in their bid for a Telus Cup berth. Clapperton led College Notre-Dame in scoring in the playoffs, finishing with 10 goals and 11 assists in 17 games. He was selected by the Montreal Juniors in the third round (42nd overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Clapperton played in his first QMJHL season for the re-named and re-located Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (formerly Montreal Juniors). He scored 18 goals with 37 assists in 56 games and was +14 with 40 penalty minutes. The Armada finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Clapperton scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +6 with 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was ranked 199th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Clapperton attended the Philadelphia Flyers summer prospect camp before returning to Blainville-Boisbriand for his second season. Clapperton was the second-leading scorer for the Armada, which won the West Division for the second straight season and reached the QMJHL semifinals. Skating in 67 of 68 regular season games, Clapperton scored a team-leading 34 goals with 43 assists and was +17 with 71 penalty minutes. In 15 playoff games he scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was +1 with 20 penalty minutes. Not among the 210 players in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by Florida in the fifth round (122nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Clapperton was an assistant captain and the leading scorer for Blainville-Boisbriand in his third QMJHL season and represented the league in the 2013 Subway Series against the Russian all-stars. Despite missing most of December due to injury, he led the Armada with 26 goals and 36 assists in 53 regular season games and was +15 with 55 penalty minutes. Ten of his goals came on the power play. Blainville-Boisbriand finished second to Memorial Cup-bound Val-d’Or in the West Division and reached the QMJHL semifinals; falling to Baie-Comeau, 2-1, in a decisive seventh game. Clapperton scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was +2 with 18 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. 

2014-15: Clapperton attended development and training camp with the Panthers before being returned to the QMJHL as a 20-year-old. Obtained by the Oceanic in a trade with Blainville-Boisbriand, he was the Rimouski’s third-leading scorer behind fellow overage forward Alexis Loiseau and diminutive Anthony DeLuca. He scored 35 goals with 41 assists and was +33 with 77 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games. The Oceanic had the league’s best record, finishing first in the East Division and defeating second-place Quebec in the QMJHL finals to advance to the 2015 Memorial Cup. Clapperton scored 12 goals with 13 assists and was -2 with 20 penalty minutes in 18 QMJHL playoff games and scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -1 in four Memorial Cup games. He was not signed to an entry-level contract by Florida, becoming an unrestricted free agent. 

2015-16: Clapperton attended training camp with the Toronto Marlies and began his pro career with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. He skated in 17 games with the Solar Bears, scoring 3 goals with 2 assists and finishing-3 with 15 penalty minutes before playing his final game with Orlando in December. He joined the University of New Brunswick in January, playing in 13 games. He scored 7 goals with 7 assists and was +12 with 18 penalty minutes.

Talent Analysis

Clapperton is a goal-scoring winger who relies on good hockey sense and hard work to generate opportunities. He is smaller than most NHL players, and lacks substantial footspeed, but he has the kind of determination to score that coaches and scouts like to see.

Future

Clapperton attended training camp with the AHL's Toronto Marlies and began the 2015-16 with the Orlando Solar Bears. He played 17 games with the Solar Bears, ultimately heading to the University of New Brunswick in January to play college hockey and seek a degree. A big scorer in junior hockey, Clapperton faces an uphill battle in pro hockey. He plays a one dimensional game and lacks the speed of other undersized scorers.

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