After missing most of last season with a knee injury, signing a one-year, $6 million deal to stay in New Jersey and entering a contract year, Zach Parise has a make or break season in front of him.
While Parise is one of the best all-around players in the NHL, he still has to make that next step to become one of the NHL's elite. With Martin Brodeur in the last year of his contract and Ilya Kovalchuk trying to overcome last season's brutal first half, Parise needs to lead the Devils to a strong start and a playoff berth.
Parise is known nationally as an Olympic hero after he scored with 24 seconds left to send the gold medal game to overtime for the United States against Canada. Since then, the Devils have had a disappointing playoff exit in 2010 and a bad year last season.
It is time for Parise to show that he is a franchise player for the Devils to build around, and here is how he can prove to everyone in the NHL that he is capable of doing it.