New Jersey Devils: Why David Clarkson Is One of the Toughest Players in the NHL

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates after Bryce Salvador #24 (not pictured) scores in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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David Clarkson proved himself to be a star on the New Jersey Devils squad during their playoff run this past season, but with news that he played the postseason with a fractured foot, it's clear that he's even tougher than he seems.

“I had a bad foot at the beginning of the playoffs, and I hurt it again at the end,” Clarkson said. “Emotions are high during the playoffs and you can play through it, but then you realize you’re still sore a couple of weeks after it’s over."

While withstanding the injury, Clarkson managed to score three goals in the playoffs, all of which were game-winners. He also finished with nine assists in his 24 games played.

At 6'1", 200 lbs, the right-winger plays aggressively and is always quick to the puck. He was extremely beneficial to the Devils roster this past season, with 30 goals and 16 assists in 80 games.

The 28-year-old has been a New Jersey Devil since the 2006-2007 season and has been a huge factor for the team since. Last season was his best one with the team thus far, but since he's still young and very talented, Clarkson will continue to be one of the team's leaders as they head towards the future.

I mean, the guy can score game-winning goals with a fractured foot. He's a tough guy on the ice and he'll do what he has to do in order to finish with a win for his team. Clarkson is sometimes overlooked in the NHL, but there is no doubt he is one of the toughest guys in the league.