Scott Parse has effectively forced himself into the discussion of Kings future players with his performance over this season. While he has not been a premium goal scorer, his numbers speak for themselves. This year Parse has put together 11 goals, 13 assists for 24 points, with a solid +14 (if that’s even remotely meaningful as a statistic). What makes these numbers even more impressive is the fact that he has put them up in only 55 games, but is remarkably close (especially on the goal scoring side) to his AHL pace last season, where he scored 15 goals, 24 assists and 39 points in 74 games. To put that in perspective:
NHL: .2 GPG, .236 APG, .436 PPG
AHL: .2 GPG, .324 APG, .524 PPG
So he’s not performing quite up to the level of his minor league skills, but nobody (least of all the Kings staff) expected him to do that. Still, he’s scoring at a similar goal scoring clip and if he can capitalize on the fact that he’s been hot lately he may even surpass that pace.e
Who is Parse? He’s a talented forward, though 5’11″ and 197 lbs, he’s still a bit on the small side. He does have impressive hands, and as his recent hot pace (three goals in two games) seems to indicate, he’s got a good feel for opportunistic play. After being drafted in the 2004 Entry Draft as the 174th player picked, he hasn’t been counted on, or expected to be a significant player in the Kings seemingly endless rebuild. That said, after putting up impressive offensive numbers through four seasons at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Parse proved himself to be a respectable, and useful option. So much so, that he’s been able to stick with the Kings for most of this season, and put in a good showing.
What lies in the future for Parse? Well, as a 25 year old making his first appearance in the NHL, he’s not the “future” per se. Certainly the Kings will be more likely to rely on their youngsters like Doughty, Kopitar, Simmonds, and others still as yet on the roster. That said, Parse looks like he’ll fit in perfectly as a role player on the 3rd or 4th line moving forward. How long his stay with the Kings will last may be answered very shortly. As an expiring contract on a team with several key players up for contract renewals, Parse may be the odd player out. On the other hand, if he keeps his salary expectations reasonable, it’s not unlikely that he’ll manage to be resigned by the Kings for the next couple years.
So here’s a question. Will he be resigned? And if so, for how much?