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By MARK EVERSON




October 15, 2007 -- He doesn't shout about it, but then, that's not really his style. The Devils' Arron Asham is quietly making the most of his chance to do more than muck and scrap.
Asham, an Ojibway Native Canadian, has been one of the Devils' bright lights in their first five games of the season, notching three points in those games. One of Lou Lamoriello's wiser free-agent signings of the past few summers, Asham was brought in to add regular-duty grit to a lineup that needs it.
But there's also the chance for Asham to do more. Playing with Zach Parise and Dainius Zubrus, he's getting the chance to look more like the player who had 96- and 92-point seasons in the junior league for the Red Deer team coach Brent Sutter had not yet bought.
"I haven't been pigeonholed before, just not getting a regular chance. I'm getting one here, so I'll take it," the 29-year-old former Canadien and Islander said. "When I get the puck, I think I make decent plays."
He makes smart plays, percentage plays, money plays, the ones that keep possibilities open instead of risking turnovers. Asham's career best of 34 points with the 2002-03 Islanders seems ready to be surpassed
"Time on the power play and a regular shift, that's all you could ask for," said Asham, who caught Lamoriello's eye while playing four seasons with the Islanders, and playing hard against the Devils.
The native of Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, Asham says he's proud of his heritage. He sports a tattoo of a chief on his shoulder.
"My uncle does rain-dances and powwows. He's big into that," Asham said.
For now, the Devils are pleased enough with the frequency of Asham's more conventional scoring celebrations.
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Asham is a player i'd have on my team any time. He plays the game hard and brings toughness along with some skill. A good addition to any team.
 

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Asham quickly became my favourite of the free agent signings. He has really impressed me with his puckhandling skills, and has made some pretty sweet passes that turned into assists.
 

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Asham is the kind of player the Devils have been lacking for a while. He brings a physical game and toughness, and can chip in offensively. Same thing with Clarkson. The Devils have had the physical grinders without offensive skill like Rasmussen, Janssen, and Rupp recently, so it's nice to see a guy who can actually do something more than hit and fight.
 

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MadDevil said:
Asham is the kind of player the Devils have been lacking for a while. He brings a physical game and toughness, and can chip in offensively. Same thing with Clarkson. The Devils have had the physical grinders without offensive skill like Rasmussen, Janssen, and Rupp recently, so it's nice to see a guy who can actually do something more than hit and fight.
Hey, I liked Rasmussen, alot. He was excellent on the defensive line with Madden and Pando. Besides, he can score. He is fifth in scoring on my team in NHL 2k5 behind Elias, Gomez, Smolinski, and Langenbrunner (or Madden, I forget).
 
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