2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Once buried in Bruins’ prospect pipeline, Connor Clifton can make a major statement against Leafs

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It might stand in stark contrast to the bombastic way in which he carries himself out on the ice, but Connor Clifton has been rather laid-back over the last couple of days — even with his first foray into the NHL postseason right around the corner.

At one point during Wednesday’s morning skate over at Warrior Ice Arena, Clifton said that B’s captain Zdeno Chara even had to snap the rest of the club out of a “little mellow” mood with some well-expressed sentiments.

With just 19 games of NHL action under his belt, one wouldn’t fault Clifton at all if the 23-year-old defensemen acknowledged any lingering nerves that come on the eve of playoff action.

But the Matawan, New Jersey native isn’t getting too caught up in the raised stakes or the hostile environments that await up north.

Once an intriguing, but slept-on prospect down in Providence, Clifton has already shattered most of the expectations placed upon him in 2018-19. So what makes the next couple of games any different?