Top Free-Agent Forwards Oilers Need to Consider

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 David Clarkson – Center, Right Wing


2013 club – New Jersey Devils

2013 Salary : USD 2,666,667

Height: 6’1″

Weight : 200 lbs

Age: 29

Stats: 48 GP, 15-9-24,  -6,  17:36 TOI

It’s been written on Oil on Whyte before that Clarkson would be a great addition to the Oilers roster.  He is everything this hockey club is missing; a top-six forward who can score but also has an edge to him via the gritty, grind it out physically type who isn’t afraid to drop the mitts.  A player that could protect the Oilers young stars while playing among the top six forwards.

Earlier this month we learnt that the Devils will do everything they can to re-sign Clarkson with talks on-going as we speak.  It’s believed that the rugged forward will hit the open market and in all likelihood a bidding war will ensure for his services.  Whether the Oilers would take part in that bidding remains to be seen but for what he brings to the table, it may be worth it.

As one reader commented on Clarkson, he is a hot head who takes foolish penalties and puts the team’s success in jeopardy.  Had Ralph Krueger or Tom Renney still been coaching this club I would say that is the last type of personality the Oilers need.  But it’s Dallas “no BS” Eakins who’s in charge and given his demands about commitment and hard work, it’d be surprising if he couldn’t keep Clarkson in line.

Clarkson will be in line for a huge raise and one club will go five-years on him if it means securing him for the foreseeable future.  At 29-years of age he could be in later stages of his prime, but given he never scored more than 17 goals in a season up until two years ago (when he netted 30) you could argue that he may be a late bloomer.

Oil on Whyte projected salary: 5-years, $25 million

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