David Clarkson RW CLS Oct 25 '78

David Clarkson could start on New Jersey's first line when the regular season begins.

Travis Zajac, who is slated to center the top line, doesn't see a problem with Clarkson moving up the lineup. "I definitely don't think that's out of the question," Zajac said. "Clarkie has gotten better every year. He's played a bigger role every year. He had an unbelievable season last year and I think he's just going to get better. I think he's a guy who is going to have a big role on the team this year." Clarkson scored a career-high 30 goals and 46 points last season, but took the diplomatic approach when asked if he should crack the Devils top-six forward group when he said he would play wherever coach Pete DeBoer puts him.