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Clarkson gets help from shooter tutor

Friday, 10.15.2010 / 2:17 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Clarkson gets help from shooter tutor
Clarkson looking to light the lamp more this season.
Last season, David Clarkson ranked eighth on the Devils in shots with 106 in 46 games. (By comparison, Ilya Kovalchuk recorded 111 in 27 games as a Devil.)

Four games into the new season, however, Clarkson is tied with Jason Arnott for second on the club with 14. Zach Parise tops the list with 17.

It’s a product of Clarkson trying to get more pucks to the net. He came into this campaign trying to shoot more and score more.

“Yeah, I’m just waiting for that to happen,” he joked. He has yet to register a goal in the young season.

“I feel like things have been going pretty well, getting opportunities, creating stuff,” he said. “A coach once told me if you’re not getting the chances, then you get upset. The chances are there, so I’ve just got to keep going. If it doesn’t start going in, I’ll start blaming something else. For now, I’ve got to keep going to the net.”

He credits assistant coach Adam Oates with helping him find prime shooting areas on the ice.

“I think it has (helped),” Clarkson said. “Him telling me positions to be in, ways to get the puck off quickly – I believe Oatesy has helped me quite a bit, actually. I haven’t had a coach like him around here in a long time. You have him come in here, and he just wants to teach. He’s so smart about the little things about the game. But if you pay attention and try to absorb what he’s saying, you’re going to benefit a lot.”