Adam Parsells


Wausau Wisconsin

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6th round (160th overall), 2015


201 lbs.

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2011-12: Adam Parsells skated for the Wausau West HS varsity team as a freshman as the Warriors reached the state championship game, He scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes in 29 games. Wausau West lost, 3-2, to Notre Dame Academy in the state final.  

2012-13: Parsells skated for Team Wisconsin in the Upper Midwest Elite High School League in the fall before returning to Wausau West for his sophomore season. In 28 games for the Warriors he scored 2 goals with 11 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. Wausau West reached the Wisconsin state tournament, falling to Verona, 6-3, in a quarterfinal game. Parsells was named to the Wisconsin All-State team. He was invited to participate in USA Hockey’s Select 16 Development Camp. He was selected by Green Bay in the third round (40th overall) in the USHL Futures Draft and was chosen by Plymouth in the 13th round (256th overall) in the OHL Priority Draft. 

2013-14: Parsells made his USHL debut, appearing in one game for the Green Bay Gamblers following his junior season at Wausau West. He played for Team Wisconsin in the fall and attended the USA Hockey Select 17 Development Camp in June. Parsells had no points nor penalties in his only game with the Gamblers. He scored 3 goals with 15 assists in 27 high school games and was an honorable mention selection to the Wisconsin All-State team. Wausau West lost to University School of Milwaukee, 2-1, in the state quarterfinals. Parsells had no points in five games at the Select 17 Camp. In April he committed to playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin in 2016-17.

2014-15: Parsells skated in three games with Green Bay in the USHL and returned to Wausau West for his senior season. He was -1 with no points nor penalties with the Gamblers. A team captain for the Warriors, he led Wausau West to the state finals, scoring 7 goals with 17 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 29 games. Wausau West defeated Appleton and Madison Memorial to reach the state finals, falling 6-0 to Superior in the championship game. Parsells was ranked 94th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting rankings and was invited to the NHL Prospect Combine. He was selected by San Jose in the sixth round (160th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Parsells is a towering defenseman and a raw project at this point. His skating is a weakness as with many young players with his size but could improve as he matures and his athleticism catches up with his physical stature. He effectively uses his stick to intercept passes or prevent scoring chances. He has not yet played at a high level of competition and should continue to develop against more skilled opponents. He displayed a bit of toughness at his initial Sharks development camp and that demeanor should serve him well both in the USHL and at the college level.


Parsells attended his first development camp with the Sharks over the summer and will skate in the USHL with Green Bay in 2015-16 before heading to the University of Wisconsin. A long -range project at this point, he has the size and attitude of a prototypical shut-down defenseman. His skating and technical skills must continue improving if he is to one day play that role at the NHL level.

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