5 years ago

David Clarkson has been a big reason why the Devils are in first place in the East.

Clarkson already has nine goals and six assists, after notching 30 and 16 last year. He's been a "pleasant surprise," according to Patrik Elias, especially doing this after the team lost Zach Parise. "He's in the area you have to pay a price to go," is how veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur described Clarkson. "He's around the puck. It could be behind the net, chaotic position in front of the net, he can get a quick shot off. He wants to score, he wants to go to the net with the puck. "It's tough for a goalie when you have a guy hanging around your goal all the time." With 21 penalty minutes as well, Clarkson has been a stellar fantasy player this season.