If he so chose, he'd be vying for an NHL job in Jersey right now. He's better than 98% of the NCAA players he plays against, but he's smart, too. He's waiting to see what happens with the NHL CBA talks. If there's a lock-out next year, he'll be able to play another year in the WCHA, which is a highly-rated league. Considering he was a Hobey Baker finalist (best college player) last year as a freshman, and had the highest PPG average, he should do just as well, if not better, this season. His team has gotten rid of some dead wood, and since some of the OTHER dead wood (the other Hale brother) has been moved to the 4th line, away from Parise, he should easily better his 65 points (in 35 games) of last year.