Parker Bell is a forward blessed with NHL size and he uses it accordingly. He’s a feisty player who loves to get into the thick of things and is rarely seen floating while on the ice, and he gets full marks for doing that on the struggling team that he played for this season. He…
|23839 – Tri-City vs. Everett
|by Donesh Mazloum
|23353 – Tri-City vs. Portland
|by Josh Thomas
Parker Bell is a forward blessed with NHL size and he uses it accordingly. He’s a feisty player who loves to get into the thick of things and is rarely seen floating while on the ice, and he gets full marks for doing that on the struggling team that he played for this season. He simply attacks the game with verve and tenacity. He commits to the forecheck and can really punish defenders when he gets the chance to line them up, and his high activity level means he’s always in the thick of the action. His play with the puck is a fairly underrated aspect of his game. He confidently carries it with his head up and likes to actually bring it into the offensive zone rather than playing chip and chase. Due to his size, he’s got a longer stick than most and shows good control with the puck while extending it from his body to keep it in areas opponents can’t reach. It also helps him dig pucks out of scrums. He is also a fairly dangerous shooter, using his quick release to catch goaltenders off guard. The biggest weakness to his game is his skating. He can trip himself up while trying to use crossovers or his edges to twist and turn, and he doesn’t have particularly great top speed or acceleration. He’s simply quite heavy on his feet and has issues with his coordination. These problems may hinder his offensive abilities as he progresses through the ranks, especially since he’s older for this class and already further along in his development. It would be nice to see him have more of a presence as a defensive player and really prove his worth in those kinds of roles. Based purely on the fact he has the size and work ethic to be a factor down-low, he may be able to develop into a bottom-six, physical presence type of role player.