6’0″, 191 pounds, 26 years old
Left Wing, A left handed shot
An Alberta boy, drafted 2003, 3rd round (74th) overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
He is signed to a $3.25 million dollar per season contract this season and next.
Here is a link to Clarke MacArthur’s career stats.
He was an all-star in juniors, won a AJHL championship with the Drayton Thunder and a league championship with Medicine Hat of the WHL. MacArthur was also a member of Canada’s gold-medal-winning squad at the 2005 WJC. You know that Dean Lombardi likes those “winners.”
A career .145 is a damn respectable shooting percentage. One could argue that is “elite” status. By comparison, Anze Kopitar is .121, Mike Richards .116, Justin Williams .093, Dustin Penner .127, Simon Gagne .128, Jarret Stoll .094, and Dustin Brown is .101. Here is something that may blow your mind. His shooting percentage this season is .167. This kid can bury the biscuit.
At 26, he is entering his prime. The book on him is he is a good skater, has a great shot (read: snipe), can get open but can be streaky. I don’t know much about his physical and checking ability. Everything I have ever heard about him is that he is an offensive minded left wing.
His contract is a bit steep. Then again, much of this depends on whether or not we keep Jarret Stoll. MacArthur isn’t a “rental” in the literal sense. Many thought he was a steal when the Toronto Maple Leafs scooped him up after the Atlanta Thrashers (RIP) walked away from his arbitration award. He had 21 goals and 61 points last season on a below average Leafs team. He has missed some games with upper and lower body injuries this season. I am getting the sense he is in Ron Wilson’s dog house.
According to Darren Dreger, the Leafs are looking to dump the contract and may only want picks or prospects going the other way. My suspicion? The Maple Leafs are looking to make a bigger move and Clarke’s contract is in the way. If that is not it, one has to wonder if they would take Jarret Stoll who, one could argue, is an older version of MacArthur at center. Jarret’s contract is up after this season so the Leafs would get a player who can arguably help them this season without a commitment beyond while the L.A. Kings can get that much needed help at left wing. If it is picks and prospects, so long as Dean Lombardi does not overpay, we have that – would Alec Martinez and a 3rd do it?
What do you kids think?
Here is some video while you decide. I did laugh at the first video…er, foreshadow?