The Kings reassigned Clague to AHL Ontario on Tuesday, Kings beat writer John Hoven reports.
Kurtis MacDermid (suspension) will be eligible to return to the lineup Wednesday against Dallas, so L.A. is no longer in need of Clague's services on the back end. The 21-year-old will head back to the minors for the foreseeable future, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him back with the big club on a permanent basis following the NHL's Feb. 24 trade deadline.
Clague was promoted from AHL Ontario on Friday, Kings beat writer John Hoven reports.
Clague played in just one of the Kings' last five games prior to the Christmas break. In that lone appearance, the blueliner registered a minus-2 rating while logging 17:57 of ice time. If Clague does get into a game, it will likely be in favor of Kurtis MacDermid.
Clague was demoted to AHL Ontario on Tuesday, Kings beat writer John Hoven reports.
Clague's two-way contract provides the team the ability to move him between leagues without consequence, so there was no reason to accrue his cap hit during the Christmas break. Depending on the health of Alec Martinez (wrist), Clague could be back with Los Angeles ahead of Friday's matchup with San Jose.
Clague is expected to be called up from AHL Ontario, Kings beat writer John Hoven reports.
Once Ilya Kovalchuk officially clears waivers, the Kings will have an extra roster spot for Clague. If 27 games for the Reign, the 21-year-old blueliner notched six goals and nine helpers. If Clague does get into the lineup, it will likely come at the expense of Joakim Ryan or Kurtis MacDermid.
Clague (foot) will be in action versus Arizona on Tuesday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Clague notched seven goals and 22 helpers in 52 appearances for AHL Ontario last season. It was a solid first campaign following the 21-year-old's junior career. Draft by the Kings with the 51st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the blueliner likely won't make the 23-man roster for Opening Night, but could certainly earn his NHL debut at some point in 2019-20.
Clague was diagnosed with a broken foot after blocking a shot Friday for AHL Ontario, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Clague wasn't likely to get a call up this spring, and now that's become a certainty. Like their parent club, the AHL Reign have no hope of the playoffs, so barring an unlikely quick return, Clague's season is over.
Clague was sent down to AHL Ontario on Monday, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Clague spent last year in the Western Hockey League, splitting time between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors. Still only 20, the young defenseman needs more seasoning before assuming a full-time NHL roster spot. He will get an opportunity to play every night in AHL Ontario and could find himself back up with the big club if he plays well, or if the injury bug bites the Kings' blue line at some point.
Clague is one of a handful of prospects with a chance to be on the Kings roster in 2018-19, Josh Cooper of The Athletic reports.
Clague is likely to move up to AHL Ontario after splitting last season between Brandon and Moose Jaw of the WHL. Kings president Luc Robitaille has praised Clague's skating ability, which will serve his future fantasy owners well. With a lack of professional experience, the Kings will probably be patient with Clague, but if he shows he's ready for the challenge of the NHL, he probably won't be with Ontario for long. Keep an eye him in your dynasty league.
Clague was named 2017-18 WHL Defenseman of the Year on Thursday.
Splitting time between Brandon and Moose Jaw, Clague posted 71 points and a plus-42 rating in 54 contests this past season. The mobile rearguard also added 14 points in 14 playoff games for the Warriors. Originally a second-round pick (51st overall) of the Kings in 2016, Clague has a decent shot of cracking the Los Angeles roster out of training camp this coming fall. His skating ability and vision with the puck on his stick make Clague an ideal prospect for today's NHL game, which is built upon speed.
Clague racked up four assists to help lead WHL Moose Jaw to 5-4 Game 7 win over Prince Albert on Tuesday.
The best team in the WHL (109 points) barely survived against a Raiders club that barely finished the season above .500, and Clague's performance in Game 7 was the biggest reason why the team is alive to see the second round. The mobile defender ate up a ton of tough minutes for the Warriors in all situations and finished the series with a ridiculous 27 shots on goal in the seven games. Clague did his part, now the rest of his teammates need to pick up the pace in Round 2.
Clague inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Kings on Monday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Clague has produced a considerable amount of points for the WHL Brandon Wheat Knights this season, nearing a point per contest with 38 through 46 games. The 2016 second-round pick likely won't be ready for the top level for at least a year or two, but his early returns are promising for the Kings.
Clague was named the player of the week in the WHL on Monday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
The 51st overall pick by Los Angeles in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Clague beasted out to the tune of six points in the first two games of the season for the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 18-year-old defenseman is an extraordinary talent that Los Angeles is hoping continues to develop -- both on the ice and physically, as he's currently listed at 6-feet tall and 176 pounds -- in his third full season in the WHL.
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