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It took only one day for the media to place unattainable expectations on David Clarkson, and he will have a lot to prove during the 2013-14 campaign.
Dubbed Wendel Clarkson by the Toronto Sun, the newest Toronto Maple Leaf is a pretty average player if you look at his stat sheet. He is like Sean Avery, with more skill, aggression and physicality. He is great at being a pest, but he likely won't be what the Sun is billing him to be.
He is an overrated offensive player who dined out on his 30-goal campaign in free agency, and the Leafs could have had a similar player at a cheaper rate of pay.
On July 5, the Leafs acquired the 6’0” and 200-pound winger who has 97 goals and 170 points to his name and dismissed Clarke MacArthur. For those who care, in 23 fewer games played, MacArthur had 93 goals and 213 points—22 more points than Clarkson has to date.
While Clarkson will benefit from playing with Phil Kessel, he has a lot to prove in 2013, because he signed a contract that might will keep him in Toronto for the next seven years.