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Trevor Parkes
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’2” / 202 lbs.
Birthdate: May 13, 1991
Hometown: Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Acquired: Signed as free agent by Detroit, September, 2010
CSS Ranking: 197th North American skater (2010)
Contract: 2014 via
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  • 2010-11 Subway Super Series (Team QMJHL)

  • Landed in Montreal (QMJHL) after being ignored in two OHL drafts and clearing OHL waivers.
  • Among team leaders in goals (2nd), points (T3) and plus-minus (plus-19) (66-27-20-47).
  • Played even better in playoffs, with team-leading six goals (7-6-1-7).
  • Passed over in NHL draft after being ranked 197th among North Americans by Central Scouting.
  • Attended Red Wings prospects tournament and training camp in Traverse City as free agent.
  • Made solid impression and signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings.
  • Returned to QMJHL and led Montreal in goals, points, power-play goals and shots (60-33-29-62).
  • Production helped team to second-overall, 102-point QMJHL finish.
  • Also had a plus-26 rating, 12 power-play goals and 210 total shots on goal.
  • League leader in goals (15th), power-play goals (T9), scoring (34th) and dangerous shots (seventh).
  • Represented QMJHL in Canada-Russia Subway Super Series (2-0-0-0).
  • Led Montreal in goals in QMJHL post-season (10-6-2-8) but team suffered early second-round exit.
  • In and out of lineup as AHL rookie with Grand Rapids (44-2-6-8, even plus-minus, 66 shots).
  • Excelled during brief December assignment to ECHL’s Toledo (4-4-0-4, plus-1, 17 shots).
  • Missed final 16 games of AHL season with undisclosed injury.
  • Spent first half of season in AHL with Grand Rapids before demotion to ECHL’s Toledo.
  • Played well when given a chance with Grand Rapids (36-3-6-9, 43 SOG, plus-5).
  • Established himself as a prolific scorer during time in Toledo (19-14-16-30, 86 SOG, plus-6).
  • Pro-rated ECHL goal total (53 in 72 games) would have ranked first in league by 15.
  • Tied for second in Toledo playoff scoring in first-round exit (6-3-2-5, 26 SOG, minus-1).

“He’s a guy that’s a bit of a work in progress. He’s a tall rangy gangly kid that doesn’t have any strength but he’s got good hands and he has a nose for the net.” — Red Wings general manager Ken Holland (September 2010) … “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. He’s in the right place at the right time, the puck comes to him, he gets it off, and he puts it in..” — Red Wings scout Mark Leach (January 2011).

Good shooter who loves to fire the puck on net … Possesses a goal-scorer’s mentality, going to the net and playing in traffic … Throws hard hits and gets involved physically … He’s had to earn every opportunity he’s gotten, even at the junior level, and has tremendous work ethic as a result … Showed guts playing through injuries to earn a contract with the Red Wings.

Not particularly fast … Was a solid scorer at the junior level, but has limited offensive upside as a pro … Can still get bigger and stronger to make more of a physical impact.

The Red Wings liked Parkes in his draft year but didn’t pick him, then invited him to training camp as a free agent and subsequently signed him. Likened to a gritty Patrick Eaves type, Parkes consistently beats the odds and shouldn’t be overlooked in the Red Wings’ system. Entering the final year of his entry-level contract, he’ll look to make an impact in the AHL with Grand Rapids in 2013-14.

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Fort Erie Meteors GOJHL 52 23 20 43 34 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
 2009-2010 Montréal Juniors QMJHL 66 27 20 47 34 | Playoffs 7 6 1 7
 2010-2011 Montréal Juniors QMJHL 60 33 29 62 32 | Playoffs 10 6 2 8 12 
 2011-2012 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 44 2 6 8 23 |          
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 4 4 0 4 2 |          
 2012-2013 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 36 3 6 9 35 |          
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 19 14 16 30 6 | Playoffs 6 3 2 5
 2013-2014 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 36 6 3 9 27 |          
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 27 17 17 34 20 |          

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