Ryan Parent Appreciation Thread
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05-20-2010, 11:56 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Parent is a high effort guy and he has made a big play or two but I will not lie, every time the third pairing is on the ice in a big spot, I have to hold my breath. Some announcer recently remarked the gamble Laviolette took playing his fourth line in a big spot, I don't think that matters, the gamble is putting Parent and Krajicek out there in a big situation. We basically play four D and should not deviate from that late, if anything give bury the third pair's shifts in the middle of the game to keep the main quartet fresh.
Parent was billed as a skater, he might be the worst skater of the six DMen on the roster. He was billed as a defensive stalwart and only sometimes shows why. He is positively awful with the puck, at least he knows to move it quickly in the right direction in the offensive zone but on the breakout he is a heart attack.
I don't mind him now in the role he is in but overall I am a bit disappointed.
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