According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, the New York Rangers have signed defenseman Blake Parlett to an Entry-Level Contract. Parlett had played for the Connecticut Whale last season but had no affiliation with the Rangers. Let’s see what we can dig up about the newest Ranger:
Blake Parlett went undrafted after spending 6 seasons in the OHL with various teams. Parlett began the 2010-2011 season with the Greenville Road Warriors, the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate. After earning a spot on in the ECHL All-Star Game, he earned time with the Connecticut Whale, where he played pretty well. Parlett spent time on a pairing with Pavel Valentenko and produced 12 points in 24 games as well as 3 points in 6 playoff games.
It’s obvious that Parlett is an offensive defenseman. We can crap on Wade Redden all we want for how he played in New York, but the guy is clearly somebody who knows a thing or two about defense. Redden praised Parlett’s poise with the puck and claims he is able to “make space for himself” as well as “make plays when the pressure is on.” Connecticut defensive coach J.J. Daigneault says that Parlett reminds him of Dan Girardi in his ability to move the puck but that he has “more offensive upside.” He says that Parlett needs defensive work but that it’s just “tweaking.”