Considering that he spent nearly the entire 2010-11 season sidelined with a hip injury, it’s hard to analyze Scott Parse’s season. His regular season consisted of just five games before he went down in mid-November in San Jose and didn’t return until the playoffs where he played two games against the same Sharks team.
If you look at what Parse did when he was healthy, you’d be fairly impressed as he registered a goal and three assists for four points in those five games before his injury. He also recorded a +5 rating while not committing a single penalty. In the previous season, Parse played 59 games, scoring 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points and collecting a +13 rating along the way.
If there’s something positive to take from Parse’s play, it is his discipline. There certainly are other positive factors to his game, including his good skating ability and his knack for handling the puck especially well. In 2009-10, his first full season with the Kings, Parse registered only 22 penalty minutes in the 59 games he played.
Although Parse has yet to record a single point in the playoffs in six games thus far, his presence is crucial, especially this past spring along with Justin Williams when the Kings were really missing the services of Anze Kopitar.
The 26-year-old native of Portage, Michigan has always showcased his hard work and it’s paid off for the most part. Parse has had to fight his way to the NHL after starting in the AHL and then being demoted to the East Coast League before returning to the A.
If Scott Parse can stay healthy in 2011-12, then the Los Angeles Kings will be much better. Parse may not give his team 30 or even 20 goals but what he brings to the table can do wonders for any team, even if they’re not as well-publicized as those who regularly put the puck in the net.