HAZELWOOD, Mo. - Colton Parayko and his 6-foot-6, 226-pound frame isn't hard to miss, but his performances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been larger than life lately.
The 23-year-old defenseman, in just his second year pro, posted a plus-3 rating for his second consecutive game and fired 12 shots in Wednesday's Game 1 vs. Nashville.
Oh, and did we mention he showed amazing patience and scored a big goal when his team badly needed one in the second period?
"I just want to help the team be successful in any way I possibly can," said the always humble Parayko. "So far, so good."
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Actually, it's better than good, according to his coach.
"When I say he impacts (the game) on a nightly basis, it could be his physicality, his execution and how he distributes the puck and how he gets it to his forwards, it could be his defensive game," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "Obviously (he's) a very difficult and frustrating player to play against with his size and his range.
"He was a real strong player last game and we'll need that from him all series."
Through six playoff games this season, Parayko has two goals, one assist and a plus-7 rating.