2017-18 Stats: 8G, 10A, 18P
Cap Hit: $3.5 million | 4 Years
Over the last two seasons, Cal Clutterbuck hasn’t been the same type of player we’ve been accustomed to seeing. He’s still been productive, scoring 38 points between both seasons, but his physical “battering ram” style of play just hasn’t been there.
It’s not that Cal Clutterbuck wasn’t being physical. I don’t think he knows what it’s like to play hockey without hitting someone. But over the last two seasons, Clutterbuck recorded a career-low 222 hit season followed by 226 hits last year.
Cal is usually around the 300 hits per season mark. Or at least well above 250 hits in a season. It’s clear that the Islanders had him alter his game a little after the departure of Matt Martin.
But now Matt Martin is back. And with the strategy for the 2018-19 New York Islanders seemingly being “make it tough for them to play against us”, you’d think that the Bash Brothers from 2015-16 would be back. Cal’s license to hit will be reinstated.
Which has to be a good thing. The last time the trio of Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Martin, and Casey Cizikas were together they combined for 71 points and earned them all significant pay raises.
Cal Clutterbuck is the Islanders third best right-wing based on what he means to the team. That shouldn’t be the case.
The Islanders should have another player on this chart above Cal to bridge between the premier players and the functional players like Cal Clutterbuck. And maybe they would if the next guy on the list got a chance to prove himself.