However, where Clowe’s numbers really stand out is on the power play where his nine tallies have him tied for second in the NHL in power play goals.
Part of Clowe’s power play success is his ability to park is 225 pound frame out front and not be moved.
“When a guy is in front, there is more incentive to shoot,” said blueliner Dan Boyle
“Not a lot of people want to stand in front and get abused,” said Joe Thornton
. “You’ve got to be strong and want the puck. It’s about who wants it more.”
Boyle was quick to note that Clowe is not simply a big target for pucks to bounce off of.
“There is more to it than just being in front of the net,” said Boyle. “You’ve got to have hands to finish. When there is a rebound, you have to find it.”
Clowe simply has a knack for lining up in an area the puck might fall to.
“A lot of it is body positioning against the D,” said Clowe.
Clowe is also effective being the sniper beside the net or sometimes setting up on the half boards.
“When there is another guy out front, it is about timing,” said Clowe. “You try to curl in from behind and time the rebound. A lot of goals, I’m at the side of the net.”
McLellan enjoys the flexibility Clowe provides.
“You can put him in any spot,” said McLellan. “He has the ability to play anywhere effectively. He has a good hockey mind.”
There is one more secret to Clowe’s success. At six-feet-two, he is not short by any means, however, he plays with one of, if not the longest stick on the team.
“He has a really long stick and it helps with his reach,” said Boyle. “That’s important.”
“I think it’s the longest stick,” said Clowe. “I skate upright, so the long stick helps me.”
The new stick was not so much a sudden change in direction as a steady alteration to what has been working during his career.
“I had a shorter stick and I kept adding to it from junior to the AHL to here,” said Clowe.
The reach helps in corralling loose pucks, but what is truly effective is Clowe’s ability to roof the puck from in close with the big lumber.
“It’s not really that hard to get the shot up,” said Clowe.
Clowe is one of those players who will do whatever is asked of him, but punching in goals for a successful club is always entertaining.
“It’s a lot of fun coming to the rink,” said Clowe. “We’ve all been on teams that struggled and here we go in expecting to win. We’ve been disappointed with some wins.”
Then team is never disappointed in Clowe’s effort though.
Jeremy Roenick is on the road to rehab at Sharks Ice in San Jose.
“What the doc says is 8-10 weeks and anything before or after depends on how my body is doing,” said Roenick.
Roenick has been a very durable player over the years, so it is difficult being out an extended period of time, but there is a silver lining.
“Injuries can give some gusy rest,” said Roenick.
Brian Boucher practiced with an all white mask on Monday, but don’t expect to see it at a game. He was basically testing a new mold and will eventually have it painted the same way as his current mask.
Mike Grier sits next to Jonathan Cheechoo at Sharks Ice and he wanted to be clear about who was in great shape on the ice.
“I would like it noted that Cheech was great today,” said Grier.
Tom Cavanagh has the luxury of playing his college hockey at Harvard and being near Boston while in Worcester. Now in San Jose, the 26-year-old appears set for the holidays in San Jose, his first Christmas away from home. Cavanagh noted that the family may miss him, but they are very happy for him.
“My mom’s o.k. with it as long as I’m here,” said Cavanagh. “Being in the NHL makes it a little bit easier.”
Jamie McGinn is missing his first Christmas at home as well.
“Ottawa was only six hours away and I never missed a Christmas,” said McGinn. “If I end up missing a lot of Christmases out here, maybe I’ll bring them out.
The topic of the Worcester Sharks game recently postponed due to snow reminded McGinn of a near cancelled game when he was with Ottawa in the OHL.
“The weather was really bad and we had maybe 50 people when we normally had 10,000,” said McGinn. “I got my first hat trick of the year and I don’t think there was one hat on the ice.”
The Sharks will likely be without Milan Michalek for at least one more game, but he is day-to-day.
“We want him 100 percent healthy before we get him going again,” said McLellan.
On another front, Torrey Mitchell
is about to start skating with the team in a full practice and it will likely happen at Tuesday’s morning skate.
“He should be skating with us before Christmas,” nodded McLellan. “That will be exciting for all of us.”
There is no set time for Mitchell to play in his first game of the season after breaking his leg in training camp.
CHRISTMAS WITH DAN RUSANOWSKY
Sharks fans with the NHL Network can tune in on Christmas Day to see a feature on Sharks radio play-by-play man Dan Rusanowsky.
The Sharks Food Drive at HP Pavilion resulted in more than 4,000 pounds of food and $3,000 in cash for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Toys For Tots toy drive cleared nearly 3,000 toys and more than $15,000. In addition, the coat and blanket drive filled two delivery trucks and raised more than $1,000.
San Jose will tackle Vancouver in a 7 p.m. PST start on Tuesday and the game will be aired on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at www.ticketmaster.com or at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office.