The Montreal Juniors will be looking to land a knock out punch on the Gatineau Olympiques tonight at the Verdun Auditorium.
The Juniors have played stellar hockey during the first four games of the series outscoring their opposition 14-9. A huge piece to that equation has been #19, right winger Trevor Parkes.
Parkes is making a good case for himself to get drafted by an NHL team this June. With 5 goals in 4 games played, he's delivering under the pressure of the playoffs. Furthermore, his play without the puck in all three zones has been impressive, allowing him to earn a plus/minus rating of +2. Throughout the season Parkes was listed at 6'1 and 180lbs but appears to have grown. He's throwing his body around without putting himself out of position and has become one of the Juniors' more physical players.
After the mid-term 2010 NHL draft ranking were released Parkes was ranked as the 206th best skater in North America, behind teammates Louis-Marc Aubry (ranked 89th) and Guillaume Asselin (ranked 191st). If Parkes continues to play the way he has, watch for him to move up in the rankings. He should easily drop under the 180 mark and may even slip into the top 150.
Keep an eye on this guy.