With pre-season in full swing for the Cardiff Devils, rumours of a final signing have been circulating for weeks, and just ahead of their second clash in two days against Slovakian side HK Poprad on Sunday night, the Devils finally unveiled the last piece of the 2018/19 roster.
After teasing an announcement on Twitter earlier in the day, the Devils announced the arrival of 25-year-old Tom Parisi, who conducted the ceremonial face-off before the game began.
The arrival of Parisi means the Devils have completed their roster, running with 8 players who can play on the blueline this year, with three of them able to play forward as well in Mark Louis, Josh Batch and Craig Moore.
Parisi joins the Devils after spending the last two full seasons in the AHL as part of the Montreal Canadiens farm system, the former Providence College captain wasn’t tendered a qualifying contract offer this off season, leaving him as an unrestricted free agent.
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Last season he posted 17 points in 71 games for the Laval Rocket after playing 45 games for the now defunct St John’s Ice Caps the year before in his first professional season.
After a rocky first pro-season where he was limited to 45 games, his second season really showed his effectiveness, which is something the Devils will capitalise on for this season.
Before turning pro, Parisi completed four years with Providence College, winning the NCAA championship in his third year, and after his fourth year of college hockey he signed a two-year entry level deal with the Montreal Canadiens after registering an assist in a five-game audition at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Through his career, Parisi has shown his ability as a smooth puck moving defender, with great vision that makes him a huge asset for Andrew Lords side.
It’s unclear where Parisi will slot into this years lineup, whether this means that both Craig Moore and Josh Batch will move up to play forward, as Lord continues to juggle his lines ready for the new season.
Josh Batch spent a lot of time partnered with Mark Richardson last night, and with Parisi’s style of play, it might not be a bad idea to partner Parisi with Richardson when he makes his debut.
Lord utilised new signing Ben Blood with returning player Bryce Reddick, while Gleason Fournier and Mark Louis were partnered together in last nights game.
The Devils have heavy expectations again for this season, with their eyes on a “three-peat” and with the new guys Andrew Lord has brought in, its fair to assume they’ll be right in the thick of it when the season gets going next month.
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