After spending the first seven years of his career as a New Jersey Devil, Zach Parise decided to return home in the summer of 2012 where he and Ryan Suter signed matching thirteen-year, $98 million dollar deals that brought them to Minnesota. Parise is now entering into his 10th NHL season and his 3rd with the Wild. Having just turned 30 on the 28th of this month, people are now asking the same question most fans ask when a player reaches his thirties: Will he decline? Is he going to slow down? For some players, the dawn of the thirties brings injuries, inconsistent play and a lack of production, others continue to push forward and produce numbers well into there upper thirties and even fourties. Just ask Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr.
So do I think we are going to see a decline in Zach Parise this season? Absolutely not. As Parise showed us this past year, he still has plenty left in the tank. Parise put together another solid year, tying his career high in power play goals with 14, which was also 4th best in the league, scored 29 goals total, 56 points and had a plus- 10 rating.
Zach Parise is one of the best all around players in the game. His tenacity and aggression on the ice makes him a thorn in opponents' sides. You can almost always find Parise parked in front of the net, or circling around it like a vulture, waiting for a loose puck.
Zach is one of those guys who just never gives up on the play. If his first shot doesn't go in, you can bet he'll be right there to take another whack at it, which makes him a nightmare for goalies. Parise is also known for being one of the most hard working players in the game both on and off the ice. His work ethic is better than almost any other player in this league and his stats and high praise he receives proves just that.
It helps that Parise has a tremendous supporting cast around him. With guys like Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund feeding him the puck, you can count on Parise reaching the 30 goal mark this up and coming season, and even if he doesn't, you can bet that it wont be for a lack of effort.