Games Played: 30
Save %: .913
Scott Clemmensen was drafted in the 1997 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils at 215th overall. He played for the Boston College Eagles hockey team from 1997-2001 and ended up winning the NCAA National Championship his final year there. He spent most of his years with the New Jersey Devils. He had a brief tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2007-2008 season but returned to the Devils the summer of 2008. Clemmensen has bounced up and down from the AHL to the NHL throughout his career. Whenever Scott did come up to the NHL he spent his time as a backup to Martin Brodeur with a few starts here and there. He was signed by the Florida Panthers on July 1st, 2009. He again was the backup to Tomas Vokoun this time. This season, while he was the backup to Jose Theodore, he played in the most games he has so far as a Panther.
With years of being a backup, he is comfortable in his role to come in when a goalie is playing poorly or in a moment’s notice when a sudden injury occurs. Clemmensen remains calm and cool when put into situations. Whenever he was called upon, the team could be sure he would put in a solid performance. His strong performance gives confidence to the team knowing that they have a backup goalie that can make some huge saves. This team knew this year that they would be in good hands with either goalie that started and that is something that is important in this league.
Clemmensen stands at a good 6’2” making him a pretty tall goalie so his big presence in the net can make it harder for a team to find an opening. While not known for any one part of his game being spectacular he excels at good basic positioning and playing the angle to frustrate the other team.
Clemmensen will become a free agent in July. With a young Jacob Markstrom playing great in San Antonio, we may not see Clemmensen next season in a Panther uniform. If that becomes the case, Clem will be a solid goaltender for another team and they will know that. He is a sweet guy, always being generous to the fans. Whether it is signing something, taking a picture or just chatting with a fan, he takes the time to do it. He is a player that is looked up to with the upmost respect and I think this season was his best season in a while playing goalie.
Final Grade- B.
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