Tom Parisi
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Tom Parisi

Hometown:

Commack New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2016

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Tom Parisi played for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the EJHL. In 37 games, he scored 12 goals and added 19 assists for 31 points. Parisi added 2 more assists in the postseason as the Monarchs went on to win the EJHL championship. Parisi also briefly competed for the U.S. NTDP squad in the USHL, posting no points in 4 games.

2012-13: Parisi competed in his freshman season at Providence College. In 31 games for the Friars, he scored 5 goals and added 4 assists for 9 points while posting a +10 rating.

2013-14: Parisi continued his NCAA career in his sophomore season at Providence College. In 36 games, Parisi scored 1 goal and chipped in 10 assists for 11 points and was a +9 for the season.

2014-15: Parisi and his Providence College teammates had a season to remember. The junior defender played in 39 games for the Friars, scoring 5 goals and adding 14 assists for 19 points to go along with a +15 rating. The Friars would go on to win the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four championship game by a 4-3 score over Boston University with Parisi scoring the game-tying goal in the third period. He also scored the game-winner in the East Regional final that allowed Providence to compete at the Frozen Four. Parisi was named the Friars’ Best Defensive Player for the 2014-15 season.

2015-16: Parisi attended the Montreal Canadiens prospect camp during the summer before returning to Providence College for his senior season. He made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in April 2016 after signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens. He had 1 assist with an even plus/minus and 4 penalty minutes in five games with the IceCaps. Parisi was named a team captain for Providence College as the Friars were once again one of the top teams in college hockey. In 38 games, he scored 1 goal and 15 assists for 16 points to go along with a +15 rating. After finishing second to Boston College in Hockey East, the Friars received an at-large bid to the 2016  NCAA Hockey Tournament following a 2-1 triple overtime loss to Massachusetts-Lowell in the Hockey East semifinals. Providence dropped a 2-1, double-overtime loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the opening game of the Northeast Regional. Parisi picked up an assist on the lone Providence goal against the Bulldogs. 

Talent Analysis

Parisi is an undersized but cerebral defenseman who gets by on his determination, hockey instincts and ability to read plays. A fixture in the lineup for Providence College since his freshman season, Parisi logged top pairing minutes while showing some playmaking ability for one of the top teams in college hockey. Parisi's lack of bulk and high end skating and technical skills could be a challenge at the pro level. The strength of his game is his tactical play.

Future

Parisi signed his first NHL contract, a two-year, entry-level deal, with the Montreal Canadiens following his senior season at Providence College in 2015-16. Likely to begin his first pro season with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in 2016-17, Parisi's hockey IQ and awareness suggest some potential as a lower pairing NHL defenseman.

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