PLAYER JOURNAL: GEORGE PARROS
George Parros Journal Entry Two | Read Entry One
Feb. 13, 2006
I do my homework on fighters most of the time. I take a look to see who's fighting on the other team and who might want to go before the game starts.
I study their style of fighting and I try to keep that in the back of my mind. Whether he starts out as a righty or a lefty and whether he likes to throw from both sides. Whether he likes to come out hard or whether he looks to establish a clutch-and-grab style early in the fight.
I do my homework, and that eases my mind so I don't have to think too much about the actual fight during the game. I have that in the back of my mind and then go on instinct from there. I look to establish my presence and protect myself at the same time.
My role on this team is something I'm comfortable with. Still, I'd absolutely love to continue to develop my offensive game. I'd love to be a guy who can score and fight once in a while as well.
I look at a guy like Chris Simon. He started out as a pure fighter, and over time he's developed into a minute and point guy who can fight. Players like that are fighters that don't have to go every night, but will still fight when called upon.
That's what I'd like to have happen to me. But I'm going to do whatever it takes to stay in the line-up every night. Right now if that means fighting, that's what I'll do.
When you only get five or 10 minutes of ice time a game, you try to make the most out of it. First of all, you've got to make sure you're not a liability out there, and once the coaching staff realizes you're not, they then can put you out more and more.
It's tough getting only a few minutes a night. Sitting on the bench for 15 minutes and then going out there and being an energy guy - that's definitely a tough role. But you just learn to deal with it, keep going and make the most out of your minutes.