Player Report Card: Ryan Parent

NAME: Ryan Parent

POSITION: Defenseman

Regular Season Statistics: 48 Games Played – 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points.  -14

Analysis: Parent, once a Nashville Predator now returned, was ordinary on the blue-line for the Flyers this season.  He has always been solid defensively, but as far as  bringing anything else to the table, it’s going to be difficult to find anything there.  The one thing about Parent’s regular season that I find to be a glaring negative aspect is his plus/minus.  For a guy who prides his game on defensive play, Parent shouldn’t be wrapping up a regular season in which he participated in more than half the Flyers’ games with an extremely negative plus/minus.  I understand him being in the minus – the Flyers as a collective defensive unit only boasted two men (Chris Pronger and Matt Carle) on the plus side of things at the end of the regular season – but Parent can’t be that far into the negatives.  He did put up three points as well this season, which, by his standards, is a pretty solid offensive output.  I’d have to agree.  I think it’s safe to say that there really weren’t all that many complaints with Parent in the regular season.  He was steady, not great, spectacular, or even at times that good, but the his teammates in Orange and Black knew they could count on him most of the time to perform well in the defensive zone.

Postseason Statistics: 17 Games Played – 1 Goal, 0 Assists, 1 Point.  -2

Analysis: Ah, the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  In my mind, the NHL’s second season was the season that showed the Flyers Ryan Parent has no business competing on their team during next year’s first season.  For whatever reason – most likely because of the fact that Parent sat out a large bulk of games towards the end of the regular season and was thrown into the fire of the Stanley Cup Playoffs from Game One of the New Jersey series on – he severely struggled with the pace of playoff hockey.  Parent was nearly immediately in the doghouse, faltering in the final three minutes of Game Two against the Devils, allowing New Jersey to score a late goal and even up the series at 1-1.  From that point forward, his ice time severely decreased, and he slowly started to see himself be more prone to sitting stuck to the Flyers’ bench once the game entered the third period than actually participating in the play on the ice.  It was surprising to watch the struggles of Parent, after seeing the past two years in the postseason how well he played against the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin.  Still, this season, he was put on his rear end by names like Zach Parise, Marc Savard, and Mike Cammalleri.  All three are skilled players, but none – aside from maybe Parise – are at the elite level of the three  aforementioned skaters.  As his struggles continued, his ice time worsened.  So much to the fact that it all climaxed in the last game Parent would participate in during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs – and the game that would ultimately be the last game he would play as a Flyer.  Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, a 6-5 Flyers loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, saw Parent play only FORTY-ONE SECONDS over the course of the entire 60-minute game.  41 seconds.  In 60 minutes.  I guess we should’ve seen his imminent departure coming.

FINAL GRADE: C-

Reasoning: Anytime a player doesn’t meet the expectations that are set out for them in the beginning of a season, it’s easy to rip them apart.  I give Parent a “C-” because his year was a tale of almost three seasons.  Pre-Olympic Break Ryan Parent was a solid player, working as the Flyers’ fifth and sixth defenseman at times, and slowly earning the trust of his teammates and coaches.  Post-Olympic Break Ryan Parent was the beginning of the swan dive out of Philadelphia.  The Flyers defenseman couldn’t make even the most simple plays in the defensive end without extreme difficulty, and the trust factor that was once growing around Parent had suddenly been squashed.  Frequent games spent as a healthy scratch did nothing to help his confidence.  Stanley Cup Playoffs Ryan Parent marked his last days as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.  The confidence was shaken, the play was awful, and the ice time was at a minimum.  It’s a shame that Parent – the main prospect that came to the Flyers in the Peter Forsberg deal from Nashville – had to see his time in Orange and Black end so abruptly.  However, his recent play didn’t exactly warrant a stay in Philadelphia for years to come.  With that being said, good luck to Parent as a member (again) of the Nashville Predators.  Perhaps some old home cooking will do the young defenseman well.

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