Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:08 AM
Clarkson was an undrafted free agent who had a decent year in Albany but nothing great, and that was his first pro season after an undistinguished overage season in junior. I don't blame him making that choice, but he did screw up.
And boy did I know nothing about hockey in 2006, haha.
That was before the days of Fenwicks and Corsis.
I had two responses in this thread...I honestly didn't remember how I felt about the deal at the time, so I scanned through the thread to see what I thought. I wanted Sluggo to get a shot, but I was kind of "meh" about the whole thing. I do remember thinking at the time that, since Sluggo was already 24 years old, he probably wouldn't do that much in the NHL, but I never thought he'd play just 16 more games at the NHL level and not record so much as a single point in those games. If I were to put a number to it, I would've expected him to get at least 50+ games at the NHL level, probably closer to 100, with maybe 20-30 points...basically, he'd get a shot with the Leafs, not do that much with it, then fizzle out.
Re: Clarkson, the fact that he became an NHL regular was impressive enough, given his pedigree. No one ever thought he'd score 37 goals over an 89-regular season game stretch. That exec was supposed to have seen that coming 6 years after making his choice? At that time, almost everyone would've thought Sluggo had the higher upside.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 07 February 2013 - 07:10 AM.
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