Now all the people who said clarkys 30 goal season was a fluke are gonna be loving him. Hypocritical. But yes I've been impressed with clarkson this year. Idk I he'll be our leading point scorer but he will be up there in goals this year.
Clarkson reminds me a little of Randy McKay in his prime. Average skater (at best!), not real fast, tough guy, gets himself in the right place at the the right time, 20-25 goal man. An ideal 3rd liner who can fill in on the 1st & 2nd in a pinch and not look like a disaster.
Clarkson is better than McKay was in his prime.
I loved Randy McKay to death. Clarkson is better than McKay in his prime.
hes not a first liner for the fact that he really cant create offense by himself; however, the benefit of having him in the top 6 and finishing outweighs the benefit of having a guy that will score 20 goals whether he is on the first or 3rd line in his spot. see holmstrom clowe knuble brouwer in the thesaurus.
End of the day, Clarkson is the one putting the puck in the net, can't take that away from him. But he gets way more scoring opportunities playing with Patty. Elias probably adds 10 goals a year or more to what he'd get on another line. His overall talent level may be 3rd liner, but he needs to stay right where he is.
Clarkson has more skill than McKay did...McKay was an incredible skater Clarkson is not.
McKay was barely a 20 goal scorer.. in fact he only cracked 20 goals twice in his 16 year career.
Besides the fact that they are both tough and emerged from what looked like a predetermined grinding role they really weren''t much alike
Points wise Clarkson was pretty similar to McKay and that is much in part due to McKay putting a few more assists on the board and Clarkson putting a few more pucks in the net
Both have great shots, are great along the boards and were great in the dirty areas areas of the ice that not many players go into - you stick them around the front and back of the net and you know the opponent is going to get worn down trying to defend them, and then the physical game to go with that
You don't come across many players like McKay and Clarkson that can put pts on the board and play that physical, dirty area game
Originally Posted by KovyLove
Clarkson is more of a classic agitator, McKay was more of a classic enforcer (especially pre 96)...You look at McKay's fight card in his early days he was fighting people like Dave Brown, Marty McSorely and Stu Grimson....That's not Clarkson's game
You never saw McKay chirping the opponent. That is sort of Clarkson's game.
At the begining of Clarkson's year when we were more stacked with forward depth and he was in a bottom 6 role, he was fighting a lot of the big guys also (Konopka, Neil, Gill, McCarty, Phaneuf, Lucic) and while some of those guys are not nearly as tough as the guys you mentioned, they are still among the toughest/biggest size wise in the game today
Now with our depth becoming more depleted, and Clarkson showing he can handle a bigger role, he's needed on the ice more often and in a top 6 role, not dropping the gloves as frequently
The chirping is one thing I've never cared for about Clarkson, but it is what it is
Top line winger? No. I could see him on the second line no problem if he can continue to score at a decent pace, he won't maintain his current pace though.
Remember, the guy scored 30 goals last year when he spent most of the season playing with less than stellar line mates. He also averaged the least amount of ice time for anyone with 30+ goals. So far this season he has been playing with better talent, and is showing he can do well with it.
Clarkson may not be a first line winger, but let's be serious here. Is Zubrus really a first line winger? I don't think so. Though he is better than the other crap we had on that first line for those handful of games.
Clarkson is not a top line winger. He ideally belongs on the third line, but he does well on the second line. He's a legitimate power forward, but not a legitimate top liner.
Don't mean to single u out because a lot of guys are saying the same, but what is this ****? Dude scored 30 last year and is off to a torrid start. Guy has easily been our best offensive player this year. And I don't mean just the goals.
OK, u don't want to give him 1st line status? All right, I can deal with that. but he is a legit 2nd line fwd one. A good one at that.
Lololol. Clarkson is not and never will be a 1st line winger. He's not even close to Zach as far as the impact he makes on the ice. He's off to a nice start but he will never ever be a Parise replacement.