David Clarkson
Right Wing
Right-Handed Shot
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
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2006-07
NJ
7
3
1
4
-1
6
18
2
0
2
0
0
0
1
2007-08
NJ
81
9
13
22
1
183
151
0
2
2
0
0
0
1
2008-09
NJ
82
17
15
32
-1
164
158
4
2
6
0
0
0
3
2009-10
NJ
25
7
8
15
-1
44
68
3
3
6
0
0
0
2
2010-11
NJ
82
12
6
18
-20
116
192
1
1
2
0
0
0
1
2011-12
NJ
80
30
16
46
-8
138
228
8
8
16
0
0
0
7
2012-13
NJ
48
15
9
24
-6
78
180
6
2
8
0
0
0
5
Franchise
Career Totals
 
405
93
68
161
-36
729
995
24
18
42
0
0
0
20
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
floor.)
Entry Draft: None
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2006-07
NJ
3
0
0
0
-1
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2007-08
NJ
5
0
0
0
-2
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2008-09
NJ
7
2
0
2
-1
19
12
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
2009-10
NJ
5
0
0
0
-1
22
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2011-12
NJ
24
3
9
12
8
32
41
0
3
3
0
0
0
3
Franchise
Career Totals
 
44
5
9
14
3
79
62
1
3
4
0
0
0
4
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise