Player Profile – Kyle Klubertanz
Player Profile: Kyle Klubertanz
After a leg injury during the preseason, Kyle Klubertanz made his debut six games ago for the Bears. He still has yet to register a point, but he has gained more responsibility, recently playing the point on the power play. He is listed as a second line defenseman; he is registering about 17 minutes a game and 20+ shifts. If he can be a player on special teams, he will be important in the Bears’ quest to the Gagarin Cup.
Career in Review
The 28-year old defenseman was drafted in the 3rd round (number 74 overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in 2004. He played his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin, where he scored 20 points as an Alternate Captain his senior season. From there, he would play five regular season games and one playoff game with the Anaheim AHL affiliate Portland Pirates. He did not score during his professional debut in 2008.
Klubertanz went unsigned with the Ducks and moved to TPS with the SM-Liiga. He would have five goals and seven assists in 51 games and three assists in eight playoff appearances. The next season, Klubertanz would shift to Djurgården of the Swedish Elite League and score 31 points. He also helped lead the team to a second place finish in the SHL playoffs with three goals and two assists in 16 games.
Back to the USA and Again to Djurgården
His play in Sweden led to him earning a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens, but he was immediately sent down to their AHL affiliate, Hamilton Bulldogs. He had a career year there with 32 points, though it was over a 76 game season (his 31 points in Sweden was over 55 games). He helped Hamilton with 10 assists in the playoffs that year as well. Unfortunately, they lost in game seven of the conference finals.
He would not be re-signed and would come back to Sweden for 2011-2012. He had a decent season with seven goals and 13 assists.
Team USA Play and Liiga Return
In his last year in Sweden, Klubertanz was selected to Team USA. He was on the roster for three games and did not register a point. Going back to Finland, this time the defender would sign with HIFK. In 2012-2013, he played 41 games and had 25 points.
Having Klubertanz at the beginning of the year could have been great for the struggling power play and inconsistent defense. He seems to be now working his way into game shape and we can only hope for strong play in the playoffs. There is a crowded field with Carle (when he returns), Katic and the others. If he cannot be strong on defense or contribute points, expect him to be a reserve for the rest of the season. If he can turn it on, we should also expect more minutes and opportunities on special teams.Djurgården