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Parkes soars to new heights in Q

Published Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:01 a.m. under 2010-11 RWC Reports
Trevor Parkes

Trevor Parkes (Credit: Sarah Lindenau)

The Detroit Red Wings are feeling pretty good about getting Trevor Parkes signed to an entry-level contract when they had the opportunity.

Parkes, who the Red Wings inked as a free agent after inviting him to training camp in September, is scoring at a torrid pace in the QMJHL with the Canadian Hockey League’s fifth-ranked team, the Montreal Juniors.

Not only does the 19-year-old right-winger lead the Juniors in scoring with 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points in 38 games, he’s been sizzling hot of late, scoring at close to a 50-goal pro-rated clip over the past 27 games. During the hot streak, he’s produced 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points.

The Red Wings, who had a brief window to sign Parkes or let him return to junior and re-enter the draft in 2011, liken him to a young Patrick Eaves.

“He’s pretty gritty, he goes into the hard areas, he competes, and he has a knack — the puck kind of follows him around a little bit,” said Red Wings scout Mark Leach. “He’s in the right place at the right time, the puck comes to him, he gets it off, and he puts it in. We’re very pleased with his performance.”

It’s hard not to root for Parkes, a 6-foot-1, 181-pounder from Fort Erie, Ontario, who was ignored in two Ontario Hockey League drafts and only ended up in Montreal after clearing OHL waivers without so much as a sniff. When he was passed over in the NHL draft last June, the Red Wings made sure to contact him right away to invite him to Traverse City for a look as a tryout.

He played through a nagging back injury at camp and still earned a contract.

“Nothing was ever given to this kid — he works his rear-end off,” Leach said. “He got an opportunity to come to our camp, worked for a contract and got one, which is kudos to him. We look at him as a solid two-way player who will hopefully be able to chip in and help us out a little bit offensively.”

The Juniors are a Memorial Cup contender, with a 31-7-7 record and 69 points, four points behind the QMJHL-leading Saint John Sea Dogs.

NOTES: Welcome back, Landon Ferraro. The 19-year-old forward has exploded for four goals and five assists in a six-game stretch to breath new life into his WHL season with Everett … More injuries in Detroit resulted in the NHL call-ups of Tomas Tatar and Thomas McCollum. While McCollum’s stay was brief, it could be a good confidence-boost for the young stopper.

Following is this week’s statistical update for skaters and goaltenders:

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Nestrasil, Andrej P.E.I. QMJHL 35 15 28 43 16 0 107
Fournier, Gleason Rimouski QMJHL 38 8 20 28 36 0 56
Aubry, Louis-Marc Montreal QMJHL 22 11 9 20 18 +10 70
Parkes, Trevor Montreal QMJHL 38 22 20 42 16 +16 136
Ferraro, Landon Everett WHL 37 9 16 25 42 0
Callahan, Mitchell Kelowna WHL 38 17 21 38 64 0
Macek, Brooks Tri-City WHL 41 8 17 25 28 -9
Stolyarov, Gennady Dynamo Msk KHL 19 2 4 6 23 -6 32
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN 36 12 22 34 10 +13
Almquist, Adam HV-71 SEL 37 0 11 11 22 +14
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL 33 9 10 19 4 +1
Axelsson, Dick Farjestad SEL 33 11 12 23 79 +5
Axelsson, Anton Timra SEL 28 5 8 13 4 -2
Samuelsson, Jesper Vita Hasten SWE-3 18 9 13 22 35
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids AHL 39 8 14 22 69 +4 68
Mursak, Jan Grand Rapids AHL 33 10 13 23 29 +8 81
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL 36 10 20 30 29 +11 71
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids AHL 43 11 16 27 36 -12 130
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids AHL 27 3 7 10 20 +7 32
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids AHL 37 5 6 11 30 -13 63
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL 42 4 6 10 16 0 60
Emmerton, Cory Grand Rapids AHL 31 6 16 22 18 +10 55
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL 21 0 5 5 8 -3 38
Kolosov, Sergei Grand Rapids AHL 36 0 1 1 33 -9 31
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL 15 0 2 2 11 +1 11
Owens, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 42 3 11 14 82 -7 59
Filppula, Ilari Grand Rapids AHL 40 13 16 29 10 -3 71
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL 38 4 1 5 13 +1 47
Piche, Sebastien Grand Rapids AHL 8 0 1 1 11 -1 11
Piche, Sebastien Toledo ECHL 20 3 10 13 17 -9 75
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL 3 3 1 4 0 +2 15
Lashoff, Brian Toledo ECHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1 10
Nyquist, Gustav Maine NCAA 21 6 20 26 2 +1 83
Nicastro, Max Boston U. NCAA 20 2 2 4 41 -5 25
Oslund, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 15 1 0 1 4 -3 22
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 22 3 8 11 10 -5 32
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame NCAA 22 1 10 11 12 -5 55
Rufenach, Bryan Clarkson NCAA 19 3 4 7 4 0 54
Cayer, Julien Clarkson NCAA 10 0 2 2 14 +3 9
Marshall, Ben Omaha USHL 28 3 11 14 14 +17 65
NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 36 22 11 2 2 2.96 .918
Larsson, Daniel HV-71 SEL 33 2 2.15 .927
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 17 5 10 2 1 3.11 .884
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 8 3 4 1 1 4.13 .883
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 10 4 3 1 0 3.02 .900
McCollum, Thomas Toledo ECHL 5 3 1 0 1 2.55 .913

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