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David Clarkson
 
Jersey Number: #17
Junior Experience: 3 Years
Date of Birth: Mar 31, 1984
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200lbs
NHL Status: Free Agent
How Acquired: Trade with Belleville
 
In the year 2000, when David Clarkson was drafted he was a relative unknown.  The Belleville Bulls took him in the 10th round, and apparently at that time Peter DeBoer had his eyes on the scrappy winger.  After splitting a season with the Belleville Bulls and the Tier II Aurora Tigers, posting very good scoring totals with the Tigers and nothing short of respectable totals with the Belleville Bulls during his abbreviated 22 game stay with the Bulls at the tail end of the season.

After seeing David Clarkson spend most of the beginning of his sophomore season in the press box in Belleville, Rangers' GM Peter DeBoer made the move to acquire Clarkson for the Rangers.  Fortunately, Clarkson did not come with an overly expensive price tag, the Rangers sent the Bulls future considerations rumoured to have been a small amount of cash.  Clarkson's impact was not immediate with the Rangers, but DeBoer pushed for playing time for the yappy winger, something that he would quickly be rewarded for.  It became very obvious, very early early in Clarkson's tenure in Kitchener that he had a knack for holding on to the puck, sometimes at nausia, however the chaos caused when he did hold on to the puck created many quality scoring chances for the Rangers.

Initially he found a spot on Evan McGrath's wing playing alongside Rafal Martynowski, David was expected to be the muscle or power forward on the line, a position he more than adequated filled on arguably the most depth filled team in the OHL.  Clarkson also worked on increasing his penalty totals, fighting with most of the OHL's willing middleweights.  When not getting him into scraps, his jawwing with opponents seemed to get those who played against him off of their game.  When the Rangers entered the third round of the postseason, Clarkson found his way up to the Rangers' number one unit, giving the line more grit as well as a sharp shooter.

With many departing graduates Clarkson was counted upon to play a bigger role during his second season in Kitchener.  He increased his scoring totals while working alongside Evan McGrath, and also led by example with his pursuit of the puck and willingness to drop the gloves.  As player in his final season of junior eligability, Clarkson was also looked upon to be used in some new capacities.  Infrequently he found his way on to the penalty kill, and even managed to score his first ever shorthanded goal.  During one exhibition game, he was asked to play defense after the Rangers' lineup was depleted at the back end.

David Clarkson is the only receipient in the two year history of the "Ted Scharf Award" annually awarded to the member of the team in recognition for community service.  Clarkson's season ended in mid-March when he was assessed a 10-game suspension after a high-sticking incident in Guelph.  He still has 3 games to serve on that sentance.  Should he return next season as an overager, Clarkson will need to work on his passing ability, during each of his past two seasons, he has scored more than set up.


Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2001-2002 Aurora Tigers (Tier II)
37
26
23
49
189
N/A
N/A
N/A
2001-2002 Belleville Bulls
22
2
7
9
34
2
0
0
2002-2003 Belleville Bulls
3
0
0
0
11
-1
0
0
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
54
17
11
28
122
1
6
0
2003-2004 Kitchener Rangers
55
22
17
39
173
7
7
1
Career Totals
134
41
35
76
340
9
13
1
Photography provided by: Stephen Gardiner