DENVER CO - FEBRUARY 23: Jay McClement #16 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during warm ups prior to facing the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center on February 23 2011 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Final Grade: B-
Position: C (20gp), LW (3gp), RW (1gp)
3rd (18gp), 4th (5gp), 1st (1gp)
Vitals: 6'1" / 205 / Age 28 / Shoots L
Drafted by St Louis, 2nd round (57th) of 2001 Draft
- McLeod 9gp 0g 1a 1pt -4
- Stoa 6gp 1g 2a 3pt +2
- Winnik 3gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
- O'Reilly 1gp 0g 0a Even
- Porter 2gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
- Duchene 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
- Dupuis 2gp 0g 0a 0pt -3
- O'Reilly 1gp 1g 1a 2pt +3
- Yip 8gp 0g 1a 1pt +2
- Porter 6gp 0g 0a 0pt -5
- Winnik 5gp 0g 0a 0pt +4
- Hejduk 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
- Jones 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
- Koci 2gp 0p 0a 0pt -2
Avs with McClement in the lineup: 5-18-1 (.229 pt %) 2.25 GF 3.75 GA
- TTOI 15:39 (11th)
- EV 12:40 (11th)
- PK 2:46 (1st)
- PP 0:12 (15th)
Career Highlights: With the Blues, McClement recorded his first career hat trick on October 30th. It was the 3rd multi-goal game of his career (the other two coming against Columbus and - you guessed it - Colorado).
Report: When Jay McClement was acquired from St. Louis, Avs fans everywhere scrambled for any information on the guy because it was largely a “Whaa.?” Reaction to his inclusion in The Trade. What we found out from Blues fans and various scouting reports was he was a guy who could be in line for potential Selke candicacy in his career because he’s a supremely talented defensive center and penalty killer with good faceoff skills. What we saw early on in McClement’s Avalanche career didn’t totally jive with those reports as he struggled to find his niche and fit in on a roster full of smooth skating forwards. As the season wound down to its final days, it seemed McClement had found some spark and he finally started figuring it out, seeing his TOI jump from the 13-15 minute range to the 16-18 range, culminating in his Avalanche season-high 19:00 in the second-to-last game of the season. While his season totals in Colorado are underwhelming (1g, 3a, 4p and a -8 in 24 gp), it should be noted in his final 10 games McClement notched all four of those points and was a +1. Overall, it was an uneven quarter-season in Colorado for McClement but his strong finish lends hope that he’s capable of leading a gritty bottom 6 and hopefully much improved penalty kill heading into next season.
Fun Fact: 5 of McClement's 53 career goals have come against the Avalanche. The only team he has more against is Edmonton (6).
The Jay McClement Drinking Game: uh...?
2010 Cap Hit: $1,450,000
2011 Status: Signed through the end of next season (UFA at expiry)
Outlook for Next Season: The bottom line is this: Jay McClement played 24 games with the Avalanche last year, and in 17 of those he was the Avs' 3rd line center. We strongly suspect that he's penciled into that spot for next season. Of course, that would mean some sort of movement from one of the three centers above him on the depth chart. But that's what our magic 8-ball is telling us.
Next Up: Brandon Yip