Scott Parse Is Quite The Surprise For The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — There have been whispers over the past couple of seasons about whether or not right wing Scott Parse would ever be able to make it to the National Hockey League.

Having been an offensive threat at every level, Parse was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played in four seasons with the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he was their all-time scoring leader with 79 goals with 118 assists for 197 points in 159 games. Parse led the team in scoring in each season and was named the team’s most valuable player in all four seasons.

In 2007-08, Parse played in fourteen games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate), contributing three assists. He also played in eighteen games with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, a Kings’ affiliate at the time, scoring five goals with eleven assists for sixteen points. Parse also had a brief stint late in the 2006-07 season with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL that season, scoring two goals and adding five assists for seven points in ten regular season games. He also appeared in seven playoff games, scoring one goal. Read more of this post


LA Kings Ink Prospect Scott Parse, Announce Rookie Tournament Schedule

Scott Parse Photo: LA Kings/NHL

Scott Parse
Photo: LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 9, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have signed forward prospect Scott Parse to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Parse, 25, scored fifteen goals and added 24 assists for 39 points with a +6 plus/minus rating and 38 penalty minutes this past season for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: A Glimpse Of The Future?

LOS ANGELES — With the Los Angeles Kings mired in last place in the league standings and eliminated from playoff contention for the fifth straight season, the only thing left is to start looking at what might be for the 2008-09 Kings, and two young prospects are already making a case for roster spots with the big club next season. Read more of this post

LA Kings Goalie Prospect Fukufuji Is Proud Of Season As He Looks Forward

The following is an expanded version of a story I wrote for the English section of the Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News), which was originally published on February 21, 2007. It is reprinted here with permission.

LOS ANGELES — No one in their right mind, not even Japanese goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji himself, thought he would be wearing a National Hockey League uniform this season, not after just two full seasons in North American minor leagues after coming over from Japan in the summer of 2004.

But that is exactly what the 6-1, 180-pound native of Kushiro, Japan did when he became the first player born in Japan to play in an NHL game on January 13, 2007, when he came on in relief of Los Angeles Kings goalie Barry Brust in a 6-5 loss at St. Louis.

“I was so nervous,” said Fukufuji, 24. “But when the coach came to me during the second intermission, he said, ‘Have fun. Don’t be nervous.’ That helped.”

“This was my first time playing in the NHL,” added Fukufuji, who was selected by the Kings in the eighth round (238th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. “I was so nervous but I was pretty excited, too. It was fun. And I did my job.” Read more of this post