Clitsome, the 271st pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut last season by playing in 11 games, recording 1 goal, 3 points and 6 penalty minutes.
In 64 games for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, Clitsome recorded 5 goals, 20 points and 42 penalty minutes. He has totals of 9 goals, 39 points and 105 penalty minutes in 137 career games for Syracuse.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers