Parent is underrated, he may not have Hatchers physicality, but he does such a good job reading plays and making good decisions. In the playoffs at the end of a PP, he noticed that Cooke was leavign the box and retreated, which confussed Timonen, leading to a turnover. HE went down to block the pass but Cooke made a nice pass to Crosby who slide tackled the puck in the net. Its little things like that I havent seen from any other defensemen on this team. I know its a bad example because the result was bad, but I thought it was a good play. Lets say Parent stays in the offensive zone, Timonen passes the ****, it gets picked and Cooke has a breakaway out of the box.
Kinda pisses me off some people only look at the numbers when comparing a defenseman. Parent wont score many goals. But that doesnt make him a bad player. Parent is a good player and is getting better. Hope he plays all 82 next year.
parent is a much better skater then marshall...also, marshall's mean streak will only carry him so far against the bigger players in the NHL...i would be happy to see him have a long career similar to someone like daneyko (minus the booze) but i am not as high on him as many others...last time i saw him he was maybe 205lbs which is more of what we already have size-wise on d.
parent reminds me of a less offensively talented larry murphy...murphy was killed in WAS because he wasn't a big hitter or a nasty dman but he was very efficient player.