Scott Clemmensen was drafted in the eighth round (215th pick) in 1997 by the New Jersey Devils. Scott played at Boston College for four seasons and was a member of the All Frozen Four All Tournament Team in 200o-2001. Over the next six seasons he split time between the AHL and the Devils, never playing more that 13 games which he did in 2005-2006. As Marty Brodeur’s back up, would you expect anything else?
Scott then signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and played in three games for the Leafs in the 2007-2008 season, spending most of his time playing for the Toronto Marlies. Following that year, he went back to the New Jersey Devils as a free agent for one season, where he had a career year. Playing in 40 games for the injured Brodeur, Clemmer won 25 games and posted a 2.39 GAA with two shutouts.
In the summer of 2009 Clemmensen signed a three year contract with the Florida Panthers in hopes of playing more than a token amount of games. In 2009-2010 he made 23 starts and finished up with a 9-8-2 record and a 2.91 GAA, and one shutout. He has appeared in 22 games already this season and has a 6-7-4 record with a 2.55 GAA.
Sometimes appearing not to be the most technically sound, he’s a big goaltender who covers up a good portion of the net. Maybe when we see him out of position, it’s not necessarily his fault, but that of the defence in front of him. Depending on the unit that the Panthers put together next season, his style of play could be exposed, or we could be comfortable with him playing as many as 40 games depending on who the other netminder is.
Scott has one more year left on his contract at a cap hit of $1.2 million dollars. I don’t expect a trade to be made, but stranger things have happened I suppose. A lot depends on the outcome of the Tomas Vokoun situation which has yet to be resolved. If Vokoun is signed and the Panthers feel that Jacob Markstrom is ready for NHL duty, the Clemmensen could be on the move. If Vokoun is not signed, then that presents a completely different set of issues.
What are your thoughts on Clemmensen and his future?
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