Parise is a top 5 player when healthy. That's why. Guy is better on the PP,PK, and even strength. Even seems to be a leader off the ice.
LOl you kidding? Parise in his prime is not a top 5 forward much less top 5 player.
Id take Backstrom everyday of the week and twice on Sundays. Backstrom is very underrated yet i dont understand why when he has shown this year that he can carry a team with a struggling ovechkin that hasn't even been on his line for the majority of the season. Hes also 3 (or was it 4?) years younger than Parise.