Blake Clarke

Darren Walker

Clarke plays a hard north-south game in the power forward mold. He has a high skill and compete level mixed with a booming shot and a willingness to battle anywhere on the ice. Still, there is room for Clarke to play with even more of an edge. After a promising rookie OHL season where he was counted on as a consistent offensive producer and power forward in the making for Brampton, he looked like a shell of his former self this season, taking multiple steps back when the team moved to North Bay. After battling and playing through a shoulder separation injury sustained in the All-American Prospects Game, Clarke remained ineffective over the first month and a half of the season and was soon dealt to Saginaw. Many hoped he would get his game back on track, but he still looked tentative and downright disinterested for stretches at a time. (May 2014)