Parise: Parise was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Lou Lamoriello proved his genius yet again as Parise has turned that pick into a steal for New Jersey. At 27 years old, Parise has been a cornerstone of the New Jersey attack for almost seven full seasons. In that time, he has put up 391 points in 477 games played, including 184 goals and 206 assists. He is also a career plus-58 player.
You would be hard-pressed to find a player as hard-working and gritty as Parise who also brings top-notch skill to the offensive table. With some of the silkiest hands in the business, and a willingness to grind with the biggest and best defensemen the league has to offer, Parise is one of the most naturally talented and effective offensive players in the NHL.
Nash: the Columbus Blue Jackets took Rick Nash with the first overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry draft. Don’t take what I am about to say the wrong way, but I whole-heartedly believe that, according to his offensive statistics, Nash does not warrant all of the hype that has surrounded him over the past month. Sure, he’s put up decent numbers in his career with 527 points in 649 games played, but he has only once surpassed 70 points in a single season and never reached the 80-point plateau.
In fact, Nash has broken the 60-point barrier in only four of his first eight professional seasons and is on pace to fall short of that mark again this year. Considering Nash is responsible for a monstrous $7.8 million salary cap hit, it is at least somewhat surprising that the word “underachiever” hasn’t been thrown and around more often in conversations about Rick Nash. It is evident to anyone who watches Nash play that he is a force to be reckoned with, but honestly I am not sure why he is as highly touted as other superstars in the league who chronically outperform him.
Conclusion: It’s close, but Parise is the more dynamic offensive force between the two. Nash is a stellar power forward, but Parise’s work ethic and raw production give him an edge on the attacking side of the puck. The Devils also get more bang for their buck with Parise than the Blue Jackets get with Nash, as Parise has posted 50 points during the current season while making $6 million in comparison to Nash’s current output of 39 total points with an annual cap hit of $7.8 million.