David Clarkson (ice hockey)
March 31, 1984 |
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1.5 in (187 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
David Clarkson (born March 31, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Clarkson was a member of the 2003 Memorial Cup-winning Kitchener Rangers.
Following his junior career, Clarkson went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils in August 2005. He was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the AHL in September of that year. He would go on to play the majority of the 2006–2007 season with the Devils' new farm team, the Lowell Devils (also of the AHL), before receiving a late-season call-up to New Jersey.
Clarkson made his NHL debut on March 15, 2007, at Carolina. He scored his first NHL goal one game later in a 7–2 loss to the same Carolina Hurricanes. He would go on to finish the season with New Jersey, including three playoff games, and start the next season in the NHL.
Clarkson played in the YoungStars Game during the 56th NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, scoring one goal and two assists. He was the lone Devils' representative at the festivities, as Martin Brodeur (who was voted in) was unable to participate.
Clarkson ranked seventh in the NHL in penalty minutes (183) during the 2007–08 season.
As the NHL lockout began, Clarkson signed with Austrian team EC Red Bull Salzburg to begin the 2012–13 season. Once the NHL lockup was settled, he returned to the Devils and did well offensively, scoring 15 points in 12 games before slumping and only recording another nine points in the remaining 36 games as New Jersey failed to the make the playoffs.
An unrestricted free agent, Clarkson did not re-sign with the Devils during the offseason, instead signing a seven-year, $36.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 5, 2013. On September 22, 2013, a brawl erupted during a preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres during which Clarkson left the bench to fight. He subsequently received an automatic 10-game suspension from the NHL. Clarkson ended his first season in Toronto with five goals and 11 points in 60 games.
In the midst of his second season with the Maple Leafs in the 2014–15 season, and unable to establish a level of play to match his contract, Clarkson was traded by Toronto to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nathan Horton on February 26, 2015.
|2000–01||Port Hope Clippers||OPJHL||47||18||14||32||118||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||56||13||21||34||233||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||7||3||1||4||6||3||0||0||0||2|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||9||13||22||183||5||0||0||0||4|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||17||15||32||164||7||2||0||2||19|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||46||11||13||24||85||5||0||0||0||2|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||12||6||18||116||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||30||16||46||138||24||3||9||12||32|
|2012–13||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL||5||2||1||3||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||48||15||9||24||78||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||5||6||11||93||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||58||10||5||15||92||—||—||—||—||—|
- August 12, 2005 - Signed by the New Jersey Devils as a free agent.
- July 1, 2008 - Re-signed by the New Jersey Devils for two years at $800,000 per year.
- June 30, 2010 - Re-signed by the New Jersey Devils for three years for $2 million the first year and $3 million for the second and third year, with a total cap hit of $2.6 million.
- July 5, 2013 - Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs for seven years for $5.25 million per year.
- February 26, 2015 - Traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nathan Horton.