The Minnesota Wild got a steal in this week’s NHL trade deadline by getting one of the most versatile players in the game in Zach Parize.
Parise is a versatile defender with good size and a high hockey IQ.
He can play a power-play role in the NHL and is a skilled shot-blocker.
He has played in seven different countries in his career.
He played in the Stanley Cup Final and has a career average of 10.3 points per game.
He also has a plus-10 rating and a plus penalty differential.
The Wild are in need of a right-shot defenseman, and Parise has shown he can play on the left side of the blue line.
Parize is a two-way defenseman with strong hockey sense and can play either side of a defensive pairing.
He is a good skater and is good at reading the play and reacting to changing play.
He knows how to win puck battles and has shown good positioning on the puck.
Parise is also good at making smart plays.
He plays with good stick handling and his puck skills are underrated.
He will be a solid NHL defenseman.
This trade brings Minnesota’s defense depth and some help up front.
It also provides the Wild with some offensive talent, especially if Ryan Suter is healthy.
The team needs to upgrade at both ends of the ice, and adding Parise could help with that.
This deal gives Minnesota’s blue line some defensive depth and could help the Wild keep Ryan Sutter healthy.