Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 3.31.84 Toronto, Ontario
|How he arrived: Signed as an undrafted free agent, 8.12.05
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7.5.13
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When he first broke in, Clarkson possessed a package of potential that made his future with the Devils look bright.
He had the size, the strength, the willingness to get down and dirty, but was smart about it, and was developing some
offensive skill, particularly working on his toe drag and his wraparound moves on a regular basis. It was almost to the
point where that was all he was doing. It made him look like a grinder that was trying to be Kovalchuk. A bunch of
us had joked that one day, Doc Emrick would eventually start calling it his "patented wraparound."
The Devils are a team that has their grinders thrive, and Clarkson did that in his first two seasons with the main club. He
didn't get a repeat performance until Peter DeBoer, who coached him in Kitchener, came in as coach of the Devils. He
would enjoy his best offensive season under him.
Signing with the Maple Leafs (For as much as he did, by the way.) blew up in his face. And even with Columbus,
he struggled to regain some of his offensive prowess that he had at the end of his Devils' tenure. At his age, though,
he probably won't get there again, particularly since he sat out a season because he failed a camp physical.
(So that everybody's aware, the Vegas Golden Knights currently have his rights, likely as a move just to get to the cap
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise