Player evaluation: Parse
This season: 5 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 0 penalty minutes, 13:47 average ice time.
The good: Parse showed enough last season that the Kings decided he would get the first crack at a top-six winger position. The Kings missed in their attempt at landing high-profile free agent Ilya Kovalchuk, and their fallback option was Parse, a former sixth-round draft pick with one partial NHL season under his belt. A reach? Perhaps, but Kings management raves about Parse’s pure-skill level and still believes that Parse is one the best natural scorers on the team.
The bad: This season was a total wash for Parse, who was never healthy. His training-camp injury, first described as a sore groin, turned into a hip issue. Parse tried to play in November but lasted only five games before he was sidelined again and opted for surgery. After five-plus months of recovery, Parse made it back to the lineup for Game 5 of the series against San Jose and played well, but struggled in Game 6 and didn’t leave the bench in the third period or overtime.
Going forward: Terry Murray wasn’t happy with Parse at the end of the season, but what could Parse do? He pushed himself for more than five months and, by all accounts, thought he was helping the team by trying to return. It’s hard to fault a player for that. The Kings still like Parse’s potential. Depending on what they do in the free-agent and trade markets this summer, Parse very well could get another chance at a high-profile role in training camp, assuming he is healthy.