Ryan Parent has a nice history of success and leadership. He was captain of the Team Ontario that took home the gold medal at the under 17 tournament in 2003-04. He was captain of Team Canada that won the gold medal at the under 18 championships in August of 2004. He played sparingly as a rookie on the veteran laden Guelph team that won the OHL title in 2004. He was selected to play for Team OHL in the 2004 Canada-Russia Challenge series. He played in the 2005 CHL top Prospects game in Vancouver.
1st round (18th overall), 2005 by NAS
2006-07: He recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 43 games for Guelph this season, wrapping up his OHL career, while serving as the team's captain. For the second straight year, Parent formed a rock solid defensive pairing with New York Rangers prospect Marc Staal at the WJCs, helping Team Canada capture its third straight gold medal. The 20-year-old blueliner finished the season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL, after Guelph was eliminated from postseason play. He appeared in six games with the Flyers’ top affiliate, registering a goal and four penalty minutes.
2007-08: Parent was recalled by the Flyers on Feb. 13 and remained with the team for the rest of the season. He recorded an assist versus Pittsburgh on May 15 for his first career NHL playoff point. He tallied two assists, his first career multi-point game, on Nov. 4 at Lowell. In 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), he recorded eight points (1g+7a).
2008-09: Parent skated in 15 AHL games with the Phantoms, registering 1 assist and 18 PIMs. He played in 31 NHL games with the Flyers, scoring 4 assists. He appeared in 6 playoff games with the Flyers, earning 6 PIMs and no points.
2009-10: Parent appeared in 48 NHL games with the Flyers, scoring 1 goal, 2 assists with 20 PIMs. His minus-14 rating was the lowest on the team. He notched 1 goal in 17 playoff games as the Flyers marched to the Stanley Cup Finals. Parent was traded to the Nashville Predators, the team that drafted him, in exchange for the rights to negotiate with Dan Hamhuis, who eventually signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
Parent will never be a big scoring defenseman, but he has all the tools to play a long time at the professional level. The fact that he has been chosen Captain on several occasions speaks volumes of his leadership potential. The book on him is that he is a good solid all around defenseman with no major flaws in his game.
Parent has all the skills to be a superb NHL defender, but has yet to put it all together at the NHL level.
Parent has been disappointing to this point in his NHL career. He has signed with the Anaheim Ducks following the end of the NHL lockout.