Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Clarkson
David Clarkson was born March 31, 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. Undrafted, Clarkson honed his skills in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls and the Kitchener Rangers.

A sizeable winger, Clarkson's junior career was highlighted by a Memorial Cup championship in 2003, and a career-high 54 point season in 2004-05, both as a member of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers. That strong finish in the OHL earned him a pro contract from the New Jersey Devils in the summer. In his first professional season, Clarkson appeared in 56 games with the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany and quickly became a fan favourite. The following year, he would appear in his first NHL game on March 17, 2007.

In 2008-09 Clarkson began to add an offensive element to his game. While still racking up 164 minutes in penalties, he notched an impressive 17 goals for the Devils. Though hampered by injury, the following season was much of the same for Clarkson. In 46 games for New Jersey he recorded 11 goals to go along with 85 penalty minutes, solidifying himself as one of the NHL's top power forwards.

Clarkson would take his game to a new level during the 2011-12 season, reaching the coveted 30 goal mark for the first time in his NHL career while still ranking in the top ten most penalized players in the league.

With the NHL mired in a labour stoppage to start the 2012-13 season, Clarkson joined EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Hockey League. In five games for the club he would record two goals and add an assist. When play resumed in NHL Clarkson would rejoin the Devils and appear in all 48 games for the club, scoring 15 times.

In the summer of 2013, Clarkson was amongst the NHL's most sought after unrestricted free agents. On July 5, he inked a seven-year deal with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

Clarkson's first two seasons with the Maple Leafs were not as productive as he or the club had hoped. On February 26, 2015 the two parted ways when he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2000-01 Port Hope Clippers ON-Jr.A 47 18 14 32 118
2001-02 Aurora Tigers ON-Jr.A 37 26 21 47 141
2001-02 Belleville Bulls OHL 22 2 7 9 34 8 1 1 2 6
2002-03 Belleville Bulls OHL 3 0 0 0 11
2002-03 Kitchener Rangers OHL 54 17 11 28 122 21 4 3 7 23
2002-03 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 4 2 0 2 2
2003-04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 55 22 17 39 173
2004-05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 51 33 21 54 145 15 6 2 8 40
2005-06 Albany River Rats AHL 56 13 21 34 233 -3
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 3 1 4 6 -1 3 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Lowell Devils AHL 67 20 18 38 150 +1
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 9 13 22 183 +1 5 0 0 0 4
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 17 15 32 164 -1 7 2 0 2 19
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 46 11 13 24 85 +3 5 0 0 0 22
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 12 6 18 116 -20
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 30 16 46 138 -8 24 3 9 12 32
2012-13 EC Red Bull Salzburg Austria 5 2 1 3 18 -1
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 15 9 24 78 -6
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 5 6 11 93 -14
2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 10 5 15 92 -11
2014-15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 0 0 0 14 -1
2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 23 2 2 4 23 -8
2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL
NHL Totals 570 114 86 200 992 44 5 9 14 79


Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 12, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Salzburg (Austria), October 24, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 5, 2013. Traded to Columbus by Toronto for Nathan Horton, February 26, 2015. Missed majority of 2015-16 and all of 2016-17 due to back injury at San Jose, November 3, 2015. Traded to Vegas by Columbus with Winnipeg's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Vegas selected Nick Suzuki) in 2017 NHL Draft and Columbus' 2nd round pick in 2019 NHL Draft for Expansion Draft considerations, June 21, 2017.
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