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This week we are highlighting the stellar weekend had by 24-year old Kings prospect Scott Parse, currently playing for the Kings AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs. Parse’s accomplishments topped the Monarchs news reports this week, tallying four points (3-1=4) in back-to-back games with Manchester. As Kings goaltending prospect Jonathan Bernier proved clutch in the Monarchs 3-0 shutout Jan. 30 over the Lowell Devils, Parse was right there as well, scoring twice in the first eight minutes of the game, earning the game winning goal. The next night against the Hartford Wolf Pack, Parse, a Kalamazoo, Mich., native racked up an assist and a goal late in the game, but unfortunately Hartford had scored an insurance goal just two minutes earlier, sealing the Monarchs fate and winning 4-3.
“We are really excited to hear that he had a good week,”said Kings Coordinator of Player Development and Systems Integration Nelson Emerson. “As a whole we are looking for him to have weekends like that and we believe that he has the ability to provide offensive numbers like that down there.”
Drafted by the Kings in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, The 6’0”, 193-pound right wing played college hockey with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), and was named the team MVP each of his four years with the team, as well as CCHA Player of the Year for 2006. Parse signed a professional try-out agreement with the Grand Rapids Griffins early in 2007, making his professional debut with that team on March 28 of that year. After signing a two-year contract with the Kings on July 11, 2007, Parse made the transition over to the then-Kings affiliate Reading Royals of the ECHL. A back injury kept Parse out for most of the 2007-08 season, as he played just 18 games in Reading, tallying 16 points (5-11=16). He was called up for 14 games in Manchester last season, finding his teammates sticks for three assists (0-3=3) and earning himself a place on the roster for this year.
“Moving forward the biggest thing for him will be to make sure that his game is complete," Emerson said. "What I mean by that is that every shift he needs to be focused on his game. He needs to make sure that he wins his puck battles defensively, get pucks out of his own end and work hard on that end of the game, making sure that he plays a complete shift. Right now we are looking to see that his game has improved and so we need him to stay at that pace and that level.
“We are definitely excited about his performance this weekend.”
Notable performances were given this week by several Los Angeles Kings prospects, including former prospects of the week Thomas Hickey of the Seattle Thunderbirds who tallied six points (1-5=6) in four games and Geordie Wudrick, who had one goal and two assists in three games with the Swift Current Broncos. Forward Marc-Andre Cliche, who suffered a shoulder injury during training camp with the Kings and was placed on the injured reserve list, has been activated and assigned to the Manchester Monarchs.
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