Thursday, May 3, 2012

Power Forward Target: Ryane Clowe

The San Jose Sharks are a team to watch this summer. They need to make changes and add depth and could part with some players to make that happen. They could get young and cheaper. One Shark to watch is Ryane Clowe. The left winger would add a lot of experience and be valuable with his size and gritty play. Clowe would be a very useful power forward for the Oilers.

Ryane Clowe is a player the Oilers might target to address their needs of size and adding power forwards to line up. You may ask this question. Why would the sharks part with the big winger? It is a fair question. But, Sharks are a team in decline and will try and reload this offseason. Players will be moved to make it happen. The Sharks might consider moving him for cap reasons, perhaps a more a pure offensively talented player. But, the Sharks need depth and Clowe could bring it in a multi player deal. The Oilers should do their due diligence in trying to acquire this player.

Clowe is a 6-2 and 225 pound left winger. He could find himself on the 2nd line and would excel at trying to create space and using his bigger body to go to the net. Clowe finished 2011/12 with 17 goals and 45 points in the regular season (and 97 PIM's) after 24 goals and 62 points (100 PIM's) last season. In 2009/10 he had 19 goals and 57 points (131 PIM's), 2008/09 he had 22 goals and 52 points (51 PIM's). He had been limited to only 15 games and only 18 games in 2005/06. In 2006/07 (58 games) he scored 16 goals and 34 points (78 PIM's). This player has the talent to score and fill a power forward void in Edmonton.

Clowe has had season of 109 hits (2011/12), 153 (2010/11), 157 hits in (2009/10), 135 (in 2008/09), and 82 (58 games, in 2006/07). His shooting percentage in a full season has never been lower than 9.4% (2011/12) with his career average being 12.0%. He is a career +17 player, only three seasons under par with a -5 (2011/12) with a -3 and a -1 in his shortened seasons in 2007/08 and 2005/06.

Clowe is a big strong forward who likes to grind it out and do the dirty work. He is on the final year of a four year contract in 2012/12 (3.65 Cap hit, 4.0 in 2012/13 salary). His contract is very affordable for his type of player. Do the Oilers have the assets to get the deal done?

By the way, he likes to fight:

More in the Power Forward Target Series:

Power Forward Target: Chris Stewart

Power Forward Target: Brandon Dubinsky 

(correction: Dubinsky is stated to be 232 lbs, he is 212 lbs)

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