The rise and fall of Ryan Parent
After two stints in Nashville and one in Philadelphia, the future for former first round selection Ryan Parent is a questionable one. NHLHS NHL correspondent Bill Kellett gives his thoughts on the situation.
When the Vancouver Canucks lost Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts to injury it was automatic that they would recall Ryan Parent. After all he has an NHL pedigree and was a former 1st round draft pick.
Not so fast though, instead they chose to call up Chris Tanev who had no previous experience and was relatively unheard of until training camp, he went undrafted mostly because he was not very big.
So this begs the question, What has happened to Parent? He once had a promising career and at one time was even dealt for Peter Forsberg. Not bad for a young kid that had never set foot in the NHL yet. He was drafted 18th overall by Nashville back in 2005 and at the time many people felt that he may have been the steal of the draft. Never an offensive juggernaut his positional play and skating ability during his junior career in Guelph made him the no brainer pick for the Predators that year
So impressive was he that the Philadelphia Flyers insisted that he be te key part of the Forsberg deal two years later. Parent was given many opportunities in Philadelphia, even playing some games during lat years Stanley Cup playoffs but for whatever reason he seemed to degress instead or progress.
The coaching staff were constantly on him for his lapses in judgement and his poor play away from the puck, something which should be a strength for a defenceman. Parent also never played overly physical and for a big man that does not win you many admirers.
After four fairly unproductive seasons in Philadelphia he was dealt back to Nashville this summer ironically for Dan Hamhuis who would later be a teamate. But again his time was shortlived there, being dealt to Vancouver in the Shane O’Brien deal before the season began. Parent may be the only player to be with the same team twice and never play for them either time!
In Vancouver he has been nothing more than a spare part, getting into a few games and though not doing anything wrong, he also did not wow anyone. Though considered a propsect still at the age of 23 even parent himself realizes that he wont get many more chances.
After his second demotion to Manitoba this year, passing through waivers both times and going unclaimed, Parent said he intends to fix the issues that the coaches have become concerned about. He intends to regain his confidence and show once again why Nashville did select him 18th overall.
Having teamates such as Tanev recalled before him should be a good wake up call. If not Parent may have to hope that some GM feels they could use him next season as his contract is up and he could be a man in nowhere land. Parent is too good for that, he is only 23, and still has a long way to go but his confidence has been shattered. He could be a contributor for the Canucks instead of the Moose but the journey back to the NHL is now all on his shoulders.
Lets hope its a load he can handle. If not Ryan Parent will be one of those guys you say “I cant believe they drafted him in the 1st round”