David Clarkson vs. Viktor Stalberg

Rick Roos




Who is the better fantasy own, points-only – David Clarkson or Viktor Stalberg?

Facing off this week are David Clarkson and Viktor Stalberg, two players who signed UFA deals during the summer and have lofty expectations facing them this season and beyond. What's interesting is the DobberHockey Fantasy Guide predicts they'll score within one point of each other this season. But which one will help your fantasy team more when all is said and done? Let's find out!


Career Path

Clarkson is older and more experienced, having already played 426 NHL games and set to turn 30 during the season. Early in his career, he racked up a lot of PIM but not much in the way of points; but he started to turn heads in 2008-09 by breaking the 30-point barrier, and then scored above a 0.5 points per game pace in an injury shortened 2009-10 season. He regressed significantly in 2010-11, but in his past two seasons scored 45 goals (70 points) in 128 games as he began to see regular time on the power play and in the top six for the Devils.

Although he's only about two years younger than Clarkson, Stalberg has skated in just 243 NHL games, first with the Maple Leafs, then the last three seasons with the Blackhawks.  In all his seasons, Stalberg has struggled to get time on a scoring line and the PP; but despite this, he still managed to score at over a 0.5 points per game pace in his past two seasons (31 goals, 35 assists in 126 games) with Chicago.


Past Ice Time and Production

Although both players are heading to new teams, we should examine how they fared in the past based on the Ice Time they received in relation to the line mates they had. I didn't list shorthanded Ice Time, since neither had more than a few seconds each year.