Cloutier had started the season with the Kansas City Red Wings of the Central League and would play a total of 19 games with the big club. The previous season he had notched 32 goals and 61 points in 59 games with K.C., and in his final year of junior he’d finished tenth in the Quebec League with 131 points. After his grand start with Detroit, Cloutier would score a mere one goal in his last 16 games before being sent back down. Lafleur he was not. He was re-claimed by the Nordiques after the WHA merger and tallied five points in fourteen games in 79/80.
After another mediocre AHL year in 80/81, Cloutier played seven seasons in France leading in goals twice and scoring over two points per contest.