Scott Parse

Hometown:

Portage Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-09-05

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (#174 overall), 2004 by LA

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

In his rookie season at Nebraska-Omaha he set a new school record for rookie scoring by leading the team with 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) playing in all 39 games. In addition, he led UNO in power play goals (seven) and shooting percentage (.190). His 35 points ranked him fourth in the nation in scoring among rookies. He also ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (0.90). Parse’s accomplishments also earned him a CCHA All-Rookie Team Honorable Mention. During the 2002-03 season, Parse played for the Tri-City Storm (USHL) where he amassed 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) in 48 games played. During that season, Parse was a USHL All-Rookie Team selection as well as being named Tri-City’s Rookie of the Year.

2004-05: Amongst the NCAA scoring leaders with 30 assists and 49 points in 39 games. As a result, Nebraska-Omaha experienced a season of marked improvement, going 19-16-4 which eclipsed the totals of the prior season at 8-26-5. The team remains young and with another year of experience, Parse’s numbers should improve as his linemates develop around him.

2005-06: Parse had a phenomenal junior season where he was third in the league in scoring with 61 points in 41 games and was one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker award. Parse led his team to the Frozen Four tournament for the first time in their history. A late season injury likely cancelled any plans the Kings had in signing Parse early.

2006-07: Although not reaching the 60 point plateau again with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Parse still enjoyed a stellar year despite losing line-mate Bill Thomas to the AHL.  With 52 points in 40 games, Parse was again near the top of the league in points scored and even filled in at defenseman when the team called upon him. Parse would score his only hattrick of the season playing as a defenseman and earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for his contribution.  At the conclusion of the college season and unable to agree upon a contract with the Kings, Parse joined Grand Rapids of the AHL to finish out the season with seven points in their final ten regular season games.

2007-08: Until Jan. 23, Parse had played only a single competitive game of hockey in more than eight months due to recovery from injuries after re-aggravating an offseason injury during his first game back.  The rust proved difficult to shake off, resulting in being assigned to Reading to play his way back into game shape.  He would eventually finish the season on the AHL roster, but not in a condition to contribute anything of real significance.  His three points in 14 games is something that will need to be built upon as he regains his pre-injury form.

2008-09: After an injury-plagued 2007-08 season, Parse returned to the Monarchs and proved to be a reliable if unspectacular forward, scoring 39 points in 74 games.  He played a regular shift in a full season for the first time in Manchester.  The consistent playing time allowed him to develop some semblance of a rhythm and increase his point per game total as secondary scoring for the Monarchs.

Talent Analysis

Parse is a very skilled forward who possesses excellent playmaking abilities. He has good size but needs to bulk up more. He has a great set of hands and possesses very good passing skills. He is a good skater who moves well through traffic and will drive to the net. One of Parse’s greatest attributes is his superb hand-eye coordination. He is player who is quite opportunistic and plays with a great deal of passion. He can deliver some punishing hits as well. He has no trouble finding the net and possesses a good hard low shot. He has the ability to play in any situation, including quarterbacking the power play.

Future
A late-round, overaged college player, Parse is a relatively low risk/low reward player. Might develop into a legitimate NHL scoring threat, but likely will be not much more than a depth forward at the NHL level.  His limited play at defense has shown some that there might be two sides to Parse's game, which can only help him in the long run. Parse is in the final year of his contract with the Kings, a watershed moment in his career. He will need to catch the eyes of the Los Angeles coaching staff early or be lost in the shuffle and not be re-signed by the Kings.

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