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Final Grades 2014: Marc Andre Cliche, #24

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Nothing flashy, Cliche came in and did his job.

Doug Pensinger

Marc Andre Cliche was an odd pick up for the Avalanche. The last thing the team needed, it seemed, was a bottom-six guy with no NHL experience. "Vet for the Monsters," people said. However, he showed something at camp that made the coaches keep him on the NHL roster. It was a solid move as he fit his role well, providing strong support on the penalty kill and working hard every shift. He's signed at $700,000 per season for the next two years, and if last season was any indication, the Avs are getting a great deal.

Regular Season

Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
76 1 6 7 -11 17 0 0 0 69 1.4
Advanced Stats 5 v. 5
CF% CF% Rel GF% GF% Rel Sh% Sv% PDO
41.10% -6.90% 29.60% -25.20% 3.60% 93.60% 97.2
Grade

B+

Staff Comments

SteveHouse: A replacement level player playing at replacement level for replacement level money.

Sandie: Expected nothing, got more than expected.

c6hor8: He was great and an even better waiver pick up in his PK/4th line role.

Mike: Top PK unit, but only 7 points in 76 games. 1.4 shooting %. Yikes. Still he was the engine that drove the PK IMO and you can't underestimate that role.

Playoffs

Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
7 0 0 0 -3 2 0 0 0 2 0
Advanced Stats 5 v. 5
CF% CF% Rel GF% GF% Rel Sh% Sv% PDO
32.80% -10.90% 0.00% -45.80% 0.00% 93.60% 93.6
Grade

B-

Staff Comments

mfured20: Cliche did ok, but he and his line couldn't quite keep up with the competing Minnesota line. With Mitchell out, and before Hishon played on the 3rd, Cliche had to answer whatever they threw at him, and it didn't quite happen.

Mike: He and Talbot anchored an improved forward PK corp. Roy rewarded his work with 25 more minutes than McLeod.