A player who spends as much time in the penalty box as Clifford can easily be dismissed as a goon. In his case that would be a mistake.
Yes, the Los Angeles Kings' second-round pick (No. 35) in the 2009 NHL Draft did lead the team in penalty minutes in each of his first five seasons in the League. And the Ayr, Ontario, native's 141 penalty minutes in his rookie season of 2010-11 were the most by a first-year Kings player since Steve McKenna (150) in 1997-98. And the left wing (6-foot-2, 206 pounds) plays a rough-and-tumble style that generates a lot of contact with opposing players and leads to some fisticuffs.