2013-14 Montreal Canadiens Season Preview - George Parros

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It's that time of year. The preseason is over, the regular season begins tomorrow, so what can we expect from George Parros in the 2013-14 season?

So Marc Bergevin felt it necessary to beef up this offseason to counter the goon squads in Buffalo, Boston, and Toronto. While it's tough to justify that move statistically or strategically, you can see where he got that idea after losing Rene Bourque for 20 games due to a sucker punch from Maple Leafs' tough guy Colton Orr. So Bergevin went out and traded a fringe AHL prospect for 6'5", 228-pound George Parros, a career enforcer whose main attribute is his charisma off the ice, including his signature mustache.

After six years in Anaheim, Parros spent last season in Florida, where he didn't have a very good season. But, he's an enforcer so that's kind of expected. Parros isn't going to have a positive impact on the Canadiens from a hockey perspective though; the best you can hope for is no effect. We may as well take a look at his career trend anyway.

In the following graph, the blue line is Parros' even-strength Fenwick percentage from 2007 to 2013, the red line is his team's even-strength Fenwick percentage without him on the ice, and the green line is Parros' offensive zone start percentage, giving us insight into his usage and role. All statistics are at even strength, and all are rolling 10-game averages. What this means is that aside from the first 10 points in the graph, every point represents a 10-game sample, giving us a better grasp of trends.

With all that information on one graph, it can look a little messy and be tough to decipher, so I've included trend lines for each statistic. To understand the trend lines, blue turns into black, red turns into yellow, and green turns into purple. The x-axis is simply the games to represent time, and the y-axis is the percentage in decimal form, and the placement of the y-axis is the beginning of the 2013 season.

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Let's be honest here, that does not look pretty. Over time, Parros has needed to be sheltered more and more, and the results continually get worse. The impact Parros has is limited due to his ice time, however the problem comes less from Parros himself, but from the way the role of the fourth line will change when he's in the lineup.

Michel Therrien prefers to have a strong defensive fourth line that he can use in heavy defensive minutes, easing the roles of the middle-six forwards. When Parros is in the lineup, that isn't going to be possible. Parros doesn't have the defensive skill to perform those duties, and will force the fourth line into a sheltered role.

It's unlikely that Parros plays a ton of games this year, but it's undeniable that Parros is more entertainment than anything.

Check out the rest of the season preview.


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