Yesterday, as posted by Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider, it was announced that Kings forward Scott Parse will miss the next four to five months following hip surgery. The time Parse will miss underlines his recent luck in Los Angeles.
With the current status of Scott Parse, it brings us back to just a year earlier when an identical situation took place. Around this time last season, Parse had to miss some time with a hip injury and, like this season, will be out for a significant amount of time.
Parse was drafted 174th overall in 2004 by Los Angeles after wrapping up his freshman season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Kings were patient with Parse as he remained in school for the next three seasons before moving on to the AHL where he played ten games for the Grand Rapid Griffins in 2006-07.
The next season, Parse split his time between Manchester of the AHL and Los Angeles' then-affiliate Reading Royals of the East Coast League. After recording three assists in 14 games with the Monarchs, Parse scored five goals and 11 assists in 18 games for the Royals.
After returning to Manchester, Parse finally made the big club in 2009-10 where he played 59 games for the Kings that season, scoring 11 goals and 13 assists. However, Parse's career went downhill after that as, since 2009-10, Parse played in a total of 14 regular season games where he recorded three goals and three assists during that time.
With Parse set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, it's all but certain that his days in Los Angeles are numbered. Although there is a chance that Parse will return this season, it won't be until April when the regular season is all but over. Like last season, he may return in time for the playoffs but no one's holding their breath in regards to what kind of impact he'll have when and if he returns.
When I look at the tenure of Scott Parse in Los Angeles, it reminds me of Jared Aulin. Parse was never quite the hope that Aulin was to the Kings but the two are related in the sense that injuries have significantly slowed their careers.
Aulin was a huge piece in the trade from Colorado that sent Rob Blake the other way way back in 2001 but, despite all the talent and promise, Aulin only played 17 games for the Kings while recording two goals and two assists. Parse, unfortunately, seems to be going down a similar road.
I don't know what the future holds for Scott Parse and I don't want to say that Parse's career in Los Angeles is finished because, as obvious as it may seem, we just don't know for certain. What I do know is that Scott Parse has been unlucky in the last couple of years in terms of his on-ice career and I personally hope better luck for him in the future.
As for right now, the Los Angeles Kings will not place Parse on long-term injury reserve but should they need a little bit of help with the salary-cap, the team will likely place Parse on the list at that time, should it be necessary.
When he was healthy, Parse filled in on the third and fourth lines in Los Angeles as admirably as anyone could. Unfortunately, he just wasn't healthy long enough to make any sort of impact.