The American-born left-winger signed a gigantic deal with the Wild back on America’s Independence Day and is in great position to live up to the expectations. Starting in October, if there is no lockout, Parise will wear an A on his Minnesota Wild sweater, assisting Mikko Koivu with captaincy duties.
Parise, who has spent his whole professional career on the New Jersey Devils, wanted to return to his hometown in an attempt to bring the Wild their first ever Stanley Cup. Last season, only one year removed from a season ending injury, Parise captained the Devils to their fourth Stanley cup appearance since 2000. He came only within two wins of winning the greatest prize in all sports.
With a new team, and a new coaching staff, Parise will break out and have one of the best years of his career, and here's why.