Commander Kody Calls Game: Kody Clark Continues Surge In 2021-22 Season

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The game began at the crack of dawn. Well, 10:30 a.m., but it felt like the roosters were still crowing. The reason for the early start was to allow the Bridgeport Islanders to hold their “school day game”, which allows kids from all over the Bridgeport area to ditch school and attend a hockey game. A brilliant marketing strategy and a great event for growing the game of hockey. It’s a shame more teams don’t do it.

The game was also the Bears latest attempt at making history by winning their 3,000th AHL game in franchise history. They were winless in their previous four games and last seven games on the road.

Anyway, a few days ago we told you about defenseman Lucas Johansen and the excellent rebound season he’s having. After years of struggles and injuries, Johansen’s game has finally emerged, and he’s having a career year. But there is another Capitals draft pick who looks like he’s finally breaking through.

Enter Kody Clark, the Capitals second round (#47 overall) draft pick in 2018. (For a bit of context, the Capitals also selected Martin Fehervary that year, also in the second round). Clark, 22, had been inconsistent in his two-plus seasons in Hershey, and like Johansen, had also been hampered by injuries.

The 2021-22 season started in much the same fashion for Clark, then came the spring and things began to turn around for the 6’-3” winger. Most recently he notched the overtime game-winner in the “school day game”, finally securing the 3,000th franchise victory.

Clark, the son of NHL legend Wendell Clark, has eight goals and 11 assists in 59 games played so far this season, both AHL career-highs. While his scoring uptick is not staggering, Clark’s game on the ice has stood out as the season has progressed.

There were large chunks of seasons where Clark was on the ice but practically invisible. That’s no longer the case. Clark has regularly demonstrated his skating skills and his speed entering the offensive zone, something he wasn’t asked to do in the past.

Because of his injuries, Clark has played in just 107 AHL games so far, so this could technically still be considered his sophomore year in the AHL. Is Clark threatening a roster spot with the Capitals this fall? Likely not. However, what once looked like a squandered pick in the second round is now starting to show some very positive signs.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Commander Kody Calls Game: Kody Clark Continues Surge In 2021-22 Season

  1. Anonymous says:

    Better late than never! Do work, Kody!

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