Clarke MacArthur Statistics & Scouting Report
Clarke MacArthur Scouting Report by Gus Katsaros and Ryan Dadoun
Clarke MacArthur saw his production decline from his career-high of 63 points in 2010-11 to 43 points in 73 games last season. There are several reasons for that and not all of them were in his control. The most obvious was Nikolai Kuleminâ€™s decline and the adverse effect on MacArthurâ€™s own production â€“ particularly 20 less assists. MacArthur assisted on 17 of Kuleminâ€™s goals in 2010-11, but last season Kulemin only found the back of the net a total of seven times. The 27-year-olds early season rhythm was also disrupted when he was forced to miss the Leafsâ€™ final preseason game and first two regular season contests due to a suspension. The former Sabres and Thrashers forward also had a series of minor injuries that caused him to miss games throughout the season. His power-play ice time also dipped from by an average of 55 seconds per game from 2010-11 to last season, corresponding with a shedding of 10 power-play points from his 2010-11 total of 19. When it came to scoring goals, MacArthur went through hot-and-cold streaks and that was partially the result of him displaying less consistency when it came to entering prime scoring areas and maintaining positioning there. Heâ€™s much stronger than his mid-size frame shows but needs to show more aggressiveness in the oppositionâ€™s zone, while maintaining focus, which isnâ€™t always evident. The Lloydminster-native is a smart, imaginative winger that brings a blend of finesse and physicality to the ice. Heâ€™s capable of protecting the puck and can work in traffic. MacArthur is one of the players the Leafs will look to for secondary scoring in 2012-13.