Clarkson never was drafted but blossomed into a 30-goal scorer with the Devils. However, when he became an unrestricted free agent last summer, Clarkson opted to sign a seven-year, $36.75 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team he grew up watching.
Clarkson's debut with his new team was delayed by a 10-game suspension levied for an incident during the preseason, but he's seeing regular time on Toronto's main checking line. He'll take the ice against the Devils for the first time when the teams meet Friday at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN).
"I'm sure I'll have a little bit of nervousness. I don't really know what to say, but I've definitely been thinking about it," Clarkson told the (Newark) Star-Ledger. "I've kept in touch with quite a few of the guys. It will be nice to see some of them."
Here's a look at all of the action scheduled for Friday: