New King/Monarch Jonathan Parker is from San Diego, California

The “other guy” in the Brayden McNabb for Nick Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching trade is Jonathan Parker, who grew up here and played for the L.A. Selects.

Jonathan Parker – The Hockey News

After a 45-goal campaign that left him fifth in Western League tallies, the California native has catapulted onto the NHL’s radar by outperforming highly touted prospects Nino Niederreiter, Quinton Howden and Ryan Johansen, to name a few, and is coming off the biggest turnaround season of any player in the league. Parker, who stands 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, scored 30 more goals this year than in the 2009-10 WHL season.

[...] Falling between the cracks at last year’s draft, the 19-year-old power forward is trying to muscle his way into the professional hockey scene. But even after reinventing himself, he barely made the grade on Central Scouting’s final ranking and stumbled in, for the first time, at 186th overall among North American skaters.

“He was able to score so many goals because he’s got an NHL release and when he gets open and keeps his feet moving he can certainly find the net and that’s what he did all year.”

Armed with a quick trigger, Parker’s hot-hand was consistent all season as he notched 17 multi-point performances en route to becoming the highest-scoring Raider in nine seasons – a feat that placed him among the league’s elite.

“Not only do I think he has the best shot in the league, but some of the plays he pulls out of his hat are unbelievable,” said linemate Justin Maylan.

Far from being a one-dimensional player, Parker showcased his versatility night after night, adding 41 helpers to his stellar campaign to carry the Raiders to their first playoff berth in three seasons.

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Three of Parker’s homegrown comrades – Beau Bennett, Emerson Etem and Taylor Aronson – were scooped up in last year’s NHL draft, with first-rounders Bennett and Etem headlining California’s emerging pipeline of talent.

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Parker cut his teeth on the same hockey path as Penguins prospect Bennett, who he skated alongside for eight seasons with the L.A. Selects. The duo won a national championship in 2006 before parting ways, but both are aspiring to reunite one day at hockey’s pinnacle.

“The kid is tough-as-nails and pound for pound he will take a beating to make the play,” said former NHLer Joe Noris, who coached against all three California prospects. “There are not many guys who will take hits game-in and game-out and at some point I know someone is going to say, ‘Wow where did this kid come from?’ ”

 
  • http://web.me.com/kakitadoug/geekblog/Blog/Blog.html DougS

    It looks like McNabb has put up some good numbers for a defenseman at the AHL level, respectable for a young D at the NHL level with a bad team. But I’m disappointed to give up Deslauriers, who seemed to be finding his footing as a power forward (shades of the talk of turning Jack Johnson into a wing!).

    OTOH, it’s nice to get the Regehr picks back. :-D Regehr, McNabb and Parker in exchange for Deslauriers and Fasching (a 3rd rounder and a 4th rounder). When you put it that way, it sounds like a decent deal.

  • http://web.me.com/kakitadoug/geekblog/Blog/Blog.html DougS

    So McNabb is 6′-5″. With Forbort and Gravel, it seems like the Kings see the future of their defense corps as Drew Doughty surrounded by a redwood forest.

  • Token

    Getting Parker back was a roster count move, nothing more. Kid cannot cut it in the pro minor leagues let alone crack the NHL. I’d be really surprised if he sticks after his contract expires.

  • Mik3ysfv

    At 5’10″ I don’t think it matters if Parker is the Second Coming. DL/DS will bury his ass. No matter how good Weal (also 5’10″) gets, anyone think he’ll crack the line-up? Makes me wonder why they throw away the picks or have them packaged in a deal if they won’t consider them for the big club.

    • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

      They have to populate the Monarchs roster as well.

      • Mik3ysfv

        I didn’t forget that aspect of it, though I should’ve mentioned it. I’m just saying it’s a shame to draft these kids almost sure you won’t be bringing ‘em up, when you can use the pick a wiser manner.
        Anyway, great stuff, Quisp. Been reading you since ’09.