SOG: 41 | +/-: 3
Who would replace the 31 goals and 69 points that Parise posted on offense for his team in defense of its Eastern Conference championship in 2012-13?
So far, through 10 games this season, left wing David Clarkson has helped quiet the critics.
"When Parise left, that opened up a hole in our top six for a winger and David has moved to the first power-play unit, so his offensive role has increased," DeBoer said. "But he's earned that promotion and having the chance to be that guy after Zach left."
Clarkson, an undrafted player who signed with the Devils as a free agent in 2005, leads the team with seven goals and 13 points. It wasn't too long ago, two seasons in fact, that Clarkson connected for 12 goals and 18 points in 82 games.