Mat Clark


#73 / Defenseman / Anaheim Ducks

 6-4

 218

 Oct 17, 1990

Drafted: 2nd Round (37th Overall) 2009

Top 10 Finishes in 2009 Combine Fitness Testing:

1st in Upper Body Power 4kg Ball,  9th in Left Hand Grip,

2nd in Vertek Leg Power Avg, 2nd in Vertek Leg Power Avg No Pause, 

3rd in Vertek Vertical Jump Pause, 3rd in Vertek Vertical Jump No Pause,

3rd in Vertek Leg Power Peak, 3rd in Vertek Leg Power Peak  No Pause


 

AC Top 20 Prospects Lists

Midseason 2010 - Ranked 3rd

Preseason 2009 - Ranked 13th

 

Interview - October 2010

ARTHUR:
If there was a silver lining to Anaheim's lack of a minor league affiliate last year, it was the freedom to assign the organization's CHL prospects to a playoff team during the AHL postseason. Such was the case for Ducks shutdown defenseman Mat Clark, who joined the Manitoba Moose at the conclusion of his Junior year in the OHL. He only played seven games with the Moose, one regular season contest and a six-game playoff series with the Hamilton Bulldogs, but it was a valuable seven games in his development process.

"I'm really happy I got that experience," Clark says of his time with Manitoba, "They treated me well and gave me every opportunity to succeed. And I just worked hard there. I took what I learned there and used it all summer in my training, and then tried to bring it into camp this year. You know, not too many guys from Junior get a chance to go off at the end of the year and play in the AHL."

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Interview - Outtakes

ARTHUR:

Anaheim calling to the hockey world...

I generally don't like writing Q&A interviews.  I like reading them, and I agree that there's something to be said for presenting a fluid conversation in lieu of research plus commentary.  As a writer, though, there's something more to be said for conducting a completely disjointed interview, something that even healthy editing can't make presentable, in order to find the best focal point and best quotes for the final piece.  That has always been my process if I'm writing a story on someone I interviewed face to face or over the phone.

As such, the detritus of my Matt Clark interviews (one in January and one in April) has enough meat to write four more interviews or one Q&A of outtakes with the Ducks' 2009 2nd Round pick.  I opted for the latter:

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Interview - April

ARTHUR:

Every career is built on highs and lows, with success often determined by one's unwillingness to linger on either. For an amateur athlete, there may be no greater high than that first professional contract and no greater low than that first brush with disciplinary action. In the span of one week, Matt Clark experienced both, signing an entry level deal with the Anaheim Ducks while still sidelined by a four game suspension.

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Clark or Superman?

DANIEL:

Today the Ducks signed their 2009 second-round draft selection, defenseman Matt Clark, to a two way deal.  Arthur, you and I were both pretty high on Matt Clark at camp and were very impressed with what was, to us, his now famous bail out of Scott Niedermayer on a 2 on 1.  What are the odds that Anaheim fans will see Matt Clark rocking one of those fancy new third jerseys next year?

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Teletype - Anaheim Signs Clark

THE TELETYPE:
Per several reports and a salary profile in Capgeek, the Anaheim Ducks have signed Matt Clark to a three year two-way contract starting in 2010-11 at 710K, 760K and 780K for a cap hit of 750K, with an AHL salary of 67.5K per year.  The 6'4" blueliner was the Ducks' second-round draft pick last June and has played a strong season with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL.  His team advanced to the second round of the playoffs last night, but Clark is currently under an indefinite suspension following a check from behind in Game 6 of the first round series.  UPDATE:  The OHL announced today (April 1st) that Clark will receive a four game suspension.

 

Interview - January

ARTHUR:

It was a 2-on-1. Scott Niedermayer misread the play, and he had activated himself headfirst into a turnover. The Ducks jersey covering his mistake bore the number 73, a foreign numeral whose unusually high value denoted the rookie status of the player wearing it. And having been drafted just three months before, the word 'rookie' described Matt Clark better than many of his young teammates in the preseason, but he dealt with the situation as he has dealt with everything in his career thus far: calmly, confidently and relishing the opportunity.

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'Nucked

ARTHUR:
Vancouver's pre-season squad shut the Ducks out last night 3-0 at Honda Center. As Daniel and I were rather negative about the pre-season opening win, we're going to switch gears and be positive about this pre-season loss.

Daniel, who impressed you most tonight and why?

DANIEL: 
Well, obviously Matt Clark, but I'll let you go on about him.

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Draft Day Scouting Report

ARTHUR:
Anaheim calling to the hockey world...

We continue our draft coverage of the Ducks' 2009 Draft Class with a profile of Round 2 selection Matt Clark and Round 3 selection Igor Bobkov.

 

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NHL Draft Combine 2009 - Fitness Testing

ARTHUR:
Anaheim calling to the hockey world...

The NHL Combine. If you haven't checked out the new NHL Central Scouting website, please do. In addition to its Final Rankings, the site now hosts an entire section on the Combine. There, you'll find a list of the invitees and an explanation of the various physical fitness exams, as well as a list of Top Performers in each test. I have reproduced the Top Performers lists here, but check out Central Scouting when you have the time. It's sure to be a valuable resource for years to come.

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