Jr. | F | Kanata, Ontario
His Statistics: Sexton is Clarkson’s leading returning scorer after posting 29 points last year as a sophomore. More impressively, he hit that mark in just 27 games. That followed a similar situation in his freshman year, when injuries limited him to just 12 games played, but he had eight points.
What He Does: Sexton is a creative player in the offensive zone and has also shown the ability to perform well in defensive roles and on special teams. Most importantly, he makes his teammates better. He is adept at setting up and scoring goals and the Golden Knights are a better team when he’s in the lineup.
The Bigger Picture: One of the biggest keys to Clarkson’s potential success this season is to keep Sexton on the ice. He suffered a head injury in a game against Bentley and missed 12 contests late in the first semester last year. His presence makes a difference. In the 12 games he missed, Clarkson was 4-6-2. In the 27 he played? 12-11-4. He was elected team captain headed into this, his junior season.
Clarkson radio play-by-play announcer Bob Ahlfeld on Sexton’s captaincy: “Leadership is the biggest intangible that he brings. He really stands out in that role among his class. You can see that people defer to him, and it was evident right away going back to that first trip to Omaha (when the current juniors were freshmen).”